Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen has hailed Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the talisman at Old Trafford this season.
The Swede, since arriving in July, has netted 19 goals so far this season, with his most recent strike coming during Man United’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League.
His goal against Jurgen Klopp’s side – a superb looping header in the 84th minute – extended his superb record to 13 goals in as many games under Jose Mourinho.
Owen, speaking after the draw with Liverpool, noted that the Swede was quickly morphing into a talismanic figure at Old Trafford.
“You look around sometimes and think if anyone is going to score goals it’s going to be me,” he said.
“I’m the goalscorer and it’s my job, I’ve got to do it and he’s the talisman, he’s scored plenty this season and saved Man United against Liverpool.
The old phrase ‘captain without the armband’ is an often overused quip by supporters and pundits, but the title is indeed befitting of Ibrahimovic’s influence at United.
He has quickly morphed into a fundamental reference point for Mourinho and indeed the entire United side, espousing an air of determination and raw menace at No.9.
The post-Fergie era has seen United struggle to unearth a designated, constantly firing presence up-front, but they have found one in Zlatan, and such an influence has proven to be monumentally important.