Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on Zlatan Ibrahimovic following Manchester United’s 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion, handing him the title of “superman.”
The Swede opened the scoring at the Hawthorns with a powerful header after just four minutes, before adding Man United’s second after 56 minutes.
Zlatan, after an eight game barren spell, now has nine goals in as many games with 16 goals in all competitions overall.
Speaking after the game, Mourino was full of praise for the 35-year-old at the full-time whistle.
“I’m so pleased for him,” he said.
“He is the kind of player who doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone but when he decided to come to England for the last period of his career, to the most difficult championship in the world, I think he proved he is a superman in his mentality.
“What he is doing at 35 is a dream for every striker of 25 in the Premier League. I need to give him a rest.
“Now we have a little rest for the first time. It is not just him but everybody.”
Superman must feel incredibly privileged to be mentioned in the same sentence as Zlatan himself. I mean, how many overhead kicks to from the half-way line did superman score? That’s right: none.
In all seriousness though, this was a performance of characteristic arrogance and power from the 35-year-old: aggressive, powerful, ruthless in front of goal. The last Man United player to reach Zlatan’s tally (16 goals) at this stage of the season was Ruud van Nistelrooy and the Swede is far from finished.
Many questioned whether Zlatan who is now in his mid-thirties. Could he match the Premier League’s immensely physical nature? As Christmas approaches, the real question should be: can the Premier League’s immensely physical nature match Zlatan?