Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Manchester United always felt like a match made in heaven. When the veteran forward went down with an injury in April, I thought that’d be the last we would see of him in a Red Devils jersey.
A lot has happened since then, including a new contract for the 36-year-old. Against Newcastle on Saturday, Ibrahimovic made his return from off the substitutes bench and what a moment it was.
The big man was greeted by a huge chorus of cheers as he took to the field, and in typical Zlatan fashion, his first attempt on goal was as acrobatic as you’d imagine from the former PSG man.
He brings a presence and influence to proceedings that United will only benefit from for the remainder of this season, and you get the feeling that Ibrahimovic has a lot of unfinished business to sort out before he departs from British shores.
As you’d imagine, the fans were absolutely loving his return to action (which came a lot earlier than I anticipated). Old Trafford was a special place against Newcastle United. Now, that atmosphere must be carried through a hectic winter period.
Check out some of the best fan reaction here:
Thanks to everybody that stod by my side for the last months.Thanks to my family,coach,teammates,Mino,DarioFort,Dahan,DrFu,DrVolker,Manutd and the most important my fanz.This was not a one man work without all of you I would not be playing fotball today Thank you and I ❤️ you pic.twitter.com/XpTCWMaEIn
— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) November 18, 2017
A 25 year old footballer at his peak is thought to take around 10 months to 1 year to recover from a torn MCL + ACL. 35 year old Zlatan Ibrahimovic however, whose career was thought to be over after the combined ligament tear has come on as a sub just 7 months after the injury.
— l i s a (@Mourinholxgy) November 18, 2017
You don't try scissor kicks 7 months after you've torn your ACL AND your MCL unless your name is Zlatan fucking Ibrahimovic. Dare to Zlatan.
— Soham (@_ThatSohamMehta) November 18, 2017
Zlatan Ibrahimovic when asked if he ever doubted whether he would play again: “No, because lions don’t recover like humans.” #MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtdUpdates_) November 18, 2017
Ibrahimovic is back! United 4-1 up. Pogba back. Momentum building performance.
— The Peoples Person (@PeoplesPerson_) November 18, 2017
OHHHH YEEEEES, WELCOME BACK TO THE SQUAD, MARCOS ROJO, PAUL POGBA AND ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC!!!! pic.twitter.com/QniLZ1ScGA
— Ryan 🔴 (@Vintage_Utd) November 18, 2017