Zlatan Ibrahimovic might have solely performed 53 video games for Manchester United, however the Swedish legend left an indelible mark on the Outdated Trafford devoted.
The previous Inter Milan and Barcelona nice netted 29 instances throughout his brief spell on the Reds, 28 of these coming within the 2016/17 season, when he helped us to EFL Cup glory and laid the platform for our Europa League ultimate triumph in Stockholm.
Whereas, in comparison with different strikers reminiscent of Wayne Rooney, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, there could also be comparatively few targets to select from, our writers have all provide you with their very own Zlatan favorite.
Who do you agree with most?
ADAM MARSHALL – UNITED V GALATASARAY (FRIENDLY, 2016)
I used to be lucky to be within the stadium when Zlatan opened his United account, in a pleasant in opposition to Galatasaray, in his native Sweden. It was nice to see first-hand how charming and accommodating he was on the resort with the workers beforehand after which, having an prompt influence on his debut underlined what a giant character and showman he was. The purpose was very good, a scissor-kick from an Antonio Valencia’s cross, and the group erupted when it bounced into the web. It was the spotlight of an pleasurable pleasant and steered Zlatan would haven’t any hassle becoming in and displaying off his undoubted class.
STEVE BARTRAM – UNITED V LEICESTER (COMMUNITY SHIELD, 2016)
For any new participant arriving at United, the strain to make a fast influence is big. Once you’re a dwelling legend inclined to statements of supreme self-assurance – in Ibrahimovic’s case, taking out a metropolis centre billboard stating ‘Manchester, welcome to Zlatan’ – then that influence must be quick. No downside. It could solely have been the Group Protect in opposition to Leicester Metropolis, however a Wembley showpiece with silverware on supply was the right platform for the large Swede to instantly ship. With time operating out and the rating stage at 1-1, Valencia looped a cross in the direction of the sting of Leicester’s six-yard field. Skipper Wes Morgan, a defensive monolith within the Foxes’ gorgeous Premier League title triumph a yr earlier, crumbled like crisps beneath bison as Zlatan towered over him and nodded dwelling not solely a profitable purpose, but additionally a convincing affirmation of all that may observe.
OE GANLEY – UNITED V EVERTON (PREMIER LEAGUE, 2016)
A unprecedented character, Zlatan was – and nonetheless is – a scorer of outrageous targets. If we have been contemplating non-United efforts, I would plump for his freakish long-range bicycle kick in opposition to England for Sweden in 2012. I genuinely consider that is a contender for the best purpose of all; there’s nothing else prefer it. However my alternative from his United interval was his outstanding lob in opposition to Everton. I all the time thought the most effective issues about Ibrahimovic was his intelligent appreciation of timing and house.
He’d by no means rush; he’d look, make a fast judgment, after which work out the exact second to ship his end. That is precisely what he does right here: after a fast have a look at the onrushing Maarten Stekelenburg, he slows down, like a painter drawing again from the canvas, after which gracefully stabs the ball upwards. It is actually inch-perfect, as is rapidly made clear, when the ball caresses the bar and falls down wobblingly onto the purpose line, earlier than trickling simply over, as if to taunt the despairing dive from Toffees defender Ramiro Funes Mori. As a purpose, it is only a bit completely different, and only a bit extra distinctive, than every part else – like Zlatan himself.