Over the summer, Manchester United landed one of the biggest name forwards on a free transfer, when Zlatan Ibrahimovic finally decided to try his hand in the English Premier League. At 35, I personally thought it’d be tough for him to compete week-in-week-out, but my how wrong I was.
The forward already has seventeen goals to his name across all competitions, which is remarkable considering at the end of last season, Anthony Martial finished as our top scorer with seventeen.
Against Sunderland this afternoon, Zlatan scored once again, and also laid on two perfect assists for his teammates. Despite the fact that the big man came in on a free transfer, he only put pen to paper on a one-year deal with the option for a second.
Jose was then asked whether Zlatan has already signed the contract extension that is part of his contract, the manager responded:
“Not yet but it’s activated in his brain and activated also in my decisions and it is activated as well in the owners and the board’s [mind]. So no problem.” Jose Mourinho is quoted as saying by Manchester United’s official site.
He really is a remarkable human being, and what he’s done in the six months he has been here is special to say the least. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a born winner, and he seems to be absolutely loving life under Jose Mourinho at the Theatre of Dreams.
Alright, he isn’t getting any younger and we all know that. However, at this moment in time, he just doesn’t feel like a man of 35, and it seems like he’s playing within the body of a man 10 years younger. To sign him for another twelve months is huge, and the influence he’ll have over the youngsters in our squad is great. No doubt he’ll teach them a thing or two.