Zlatan Ibrahimovic- United’s Swedish hero?
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on August 26, 2016
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has set the Premier League alight during his first few weeks at Manchester United, scoring important goals that have thus far proved the difference between United winning games and possibly dropping points in the early days of the season. But how affective could United’s number 9 be for the Red Devils this season?
Given the calibre of the former Swedish Captain, it is of little surprise to many of the people who have watched him throughout his career as to how well he has started in the Premier League. However, some of the United fans who know less of this iconic figure and his style of play may have been taken by surprise as to how well the ageing 34 year old has so far taken to the fast, strong and highly competitive style of play that the English game offers.
Could Zlatan Ibrahimovic make the difference for Mourinho and his men?
Everywhere the Swede has gone throughout the career, the one thing he has guaranteed is that he will score goals. Last season in Ligue 1 alone, Ibrahimovic managed to net 38 times as his former club, Paris Saint-Germain, ran away with the Ligue 1 title. However the Premier League is a completely different kettle of fish.
There is no doubting that the former Barcelona forward oozes confidence and self belief, an important attribute for all good Strikers to have whilst playing in one of the most difficult leagues in the world. At some point in the season, in such a strong and competitive league, there will be moment in which every Striker, no matter how talented, will go through a period in which they’re not scoring as many goals as they would have hoped, Ibrahimovic is the kind of player, having so much self belief, that would most likely to be able to come through this poor spell of form and not let the pressure get to him as much. Former United number 9 Radamel Falcao is a prime example of a player who was unable to deal with the pressure and high expectation of such a demanding league, and crumbled as he hit bad form, meaning that throughout the duration of the season his performances got worse and worse.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will also bring his winning mentality to the United dressing room, having previously won trophies in other high profile leagues such as Spain and multiple time in Italy, possibly something that has been lacking in the club since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and many of his title winning players leaving the club. Zlatan bringing this winning mentality to the club may boost the self confidence of many of the younger players at the club, to help them believe they’re capable of following in the foot steps of previous United teams.
Many United fans and pundits alike have criticized the age of the United Centre Forward, believing that despite his self believe and undoubted ability that he has shown throughout his career, he would be unable to keep up with the pace of the Premier League. Ibrahimovic has so far proved his doubters wrong, having dominated the likes of Jose Fonte and Wes Morgan already in his short period in England, however will the soon to be 35 year old be able to keep up with the intense pace of the league throughout the season, in which no Winter break is included unlike at his previous clubs? Or will he be able to live up to his hype and possibly be United’s main attribute as they look for a title charge in Mourinho’s first season at the club? Only time will tell.