Happy birthday to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who turned thirty-five on October 3rd 2016, and he’s currently enjoying his break after retirement from International football. At 6ft 5’ inches he stands as a national hero in his home country of Sweden, he’s the elusive footballing enigma of the world, a black belt master in Taekwondo and he’s Manchester United’s leading marksman, playing in the number 9 shirt for the Red Devils. He titillated and teased the media with his transfer to where(?), during the Euro 2016 tournament, only to later disclose his permanent destination of Manchester United with Mourinho at Old Trafford. He scored on both his friendly debut and also on his full debut for the club in quick succession, winning the Community Shield by beating Leicester at Wembley in early August 2016. (Buy new Zlatan film here)
His self-assured nature has turned him into a social media sensation, where people have gone wild with his comments of self belief and swagger, one definitely worth mentioning is him telling Eric Cantona, that he will not be the ‘Prince of Manchester, but instead, he will be the god of Manchester”. Eric Cantona has yet to respond, which sums it up, to be honest.
He has scored more scissor kick goals than Roy Keane has ever had prawn sandwiches, he also:
‘WON A TROPHY IN EVERY SEASON OF HIS CAREER SINCE 2001. HE HAS WON THE LEAGUE IN 13 OF THE 15 SEASONS HE HAS PLAYED ABROAD’
Think about that as he has led the line up front for each club during their trophy wins. What a marvel! He has the most league title achievements from four top football clubs across Europe, but also making his mark at Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Barcelona, PSG and now hopefully he will also win some more silverware at Manchester United, all be it, this might only be the EFL Cup. But, he did already win them the Community Shield, so it counts.
One thing is for sure, he is Manchester’s leading striker and with four goals in seven appearances, it looks like this form will only carry on. He is not only a valuable asset on the pitch, but also off the pitch, as he is being regarded by his teammates as much more than just a player. He helps the team to work even harder and with his movement on the pitch, bringing other players like Mata into play behind him, it’s only a matter of time before this set-up really begins to click. Also, when Wayne Rooney finally knows his place and comes to form, with Pogba, Ibrahimovic, Mata and Rooney in the final third, surely they should be able to mop the floor with the opposition, very soon.
Especially, considering the fact that Zlatan (buy book) is lethal in the box and he might threaten with one of his famous overhead kicks at any moment, given the right type of cross. However, this is the slightly worrying aspect of Manchester United’s play this season, they have lacked width and do lack wide players, since the sale of Nani and also being that Antonio Valencia strangely plays at right back, when he is actually a natural winger. We wish we could call Jose and tell him, because obviously he hasn’t thought about sticking with Matteo Darmian at the right back position like Van Gaal, then putting Antonio Valencia on the right wing of midfield so that he can cross to Zlatan. Ugh, (face palm) let us call Jose, please!
In saying this, we are not all fans of Manchester United here at Brainstain, but we are fans of Zlatan, we are fans of attitude backed up by performance. He is the Bruce Lee and or 2pac of modern football, all rolled into one. A true icon. If Cantona is the King of Manchester, then Zlatan will most definitely be the god of Manchester. We also want to see great rivalry against that Qatar owned City club across the way, as we aren’t fans of Pep Guardiola very much because of his treatment of Joe Hart. Here Zlatan leaves you with his thoughts on his one season with Pep ‘Le Pew’ Guardiola, at Barcelona,
“When you buy me, you are buying a Ferrari. If you drive a Ferrari you put premium petrol in the tank, you hit the motorway and you step on the gas. Guardiola filled up with diesel and took a spin in the countryside. He should have bought a Fiat.”
Be sure to watch Liverpool vs Manchester United on Monday October 17th, a crucial match between England’s two top traditional clubs of success and prestige.
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