Zlatan Ibrahimović is one of Europe’s most successful footballers. The Swedish legend has been there and done it all, winning trophies in his homeland, in Holland, Italy, Spain and France. But now he has reunited with former Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho at Manchester United as he hunts a first Premier League title – and it would be fair to say that Zlatan has been an instant hit at Old Trafford.
The 34-year-old has netted four goals in three competitive fixtures for United, netting the winner in their 2-1 Community Shield victory over Leicester City at the start of August. On his day, Ibrahimović is still one of the best strikers on the planet and he continues to defy the odds despite his age. If he continues to score at his current rate, United could be in for a very successful campaign…
— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) August 7, 2016
And with world record signing Paul Pogba now starring behind Ibrahimović, the great Swede may prosper at the forefront of United’s attack. In recent times, the Red Devils have failed to inspire confidence upfront but it is almost impossible to play down their chances of glory with Zlatan leading the line. He is one of the most successful frontmen in the history of the sport and his incredible goal tally last season shows just how prominent and integral he can be.
As of August 23rd, Ibrahimović is priced at 4/1 in Bet365’s football betting markets to finish as the Premier League Golden Boot winner this season – an achievement that is plausible if nothing else. Should Zlatan go on to win the award, United will fancy their chances of securing another top flight crown. The 13-time champions have lacked a top presence since Robin van Persie left the club but that has all changed since Zlatan’s arrival.
It would be foolish to expect Ibrahimovic to continue firing in the goals at his current rate but then again, it wouldn’t be a major surprise if he did. Zlatan scored a staggering 38 goals in just 31 league games for Paris Saint-Germain last season and United will be right up there if he can replicate that form for his new side. Nobody is expecting similar numbers but even 20 goals in this campaign will give the Red Devils a fantastic chance to get their hands on the title.
Zlatan Ibrahimović and Manchester United go hand-in-hand. Both are colossal powers in the football world and that is why Mourinho moved to sign the Sweden star on a free transfer this summer. It is still early days but there is plenty of optimism and positivity around Old Trafford right now and Zlatan’s presence alone is a big reason for the change in mood on the terraces. Ibrahimović to finish as the top scorer in a United title win? Watch this space…