Zlatan Ibrahimovic: This is why I’m performing so well at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been reflecting on the reasons underpinning his strong start at Manchester United, citing a desire to push himself every day.

The Swede has already netted six goals in just ten games under Jose Mourinho – his most recent being a header from close range to seal a 1-0 win over Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League.

Various Man United players – including the likes of Marcus Rashford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Antonio Valencia – have praised Ibrahimovic for his influence in the dressing room.

Reflecting on the opening stages of his United career, Ibrahimovic claimed his successful start at Old Trafford is hallmarked by a desire to work hard and improve with every game.

“I try to push myself in every game. For me, every game is a new game,” he said.

“Whether it is Premier League, Europa League , League Cup, FA Cup whatever it is I try to push myself because as a professional, if you play or are on the bench you need to be mentally ready. You need to do your job.

“We are judged by the last game you play. Whatever you did two games ago, the last one is the one that counts. That is the way I think. That is why I work hard.”

It is often thought that an exceptional work rate is illustrated purely by the amount of grass you cover, or by how often you throw yourself into challenges.

Zlatan, however, is an exception: the Swede’s work rate is characterised by a steely, ruthless approach – one that commands complete dedication to the cause and a serial winning mentality without charging around the pitch. It is a subtler, more ominous approach, almost like that of a Guerrilla fighter.

United fans will hope to see Ibrahimovic continue to wreak havoc in his famously devastating, idiosyncratic way.

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