Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed his return to Manchester United, with a grandiose message on social media. 'I am back at Man Utd to win the Premier League.'
Ibrahimovic said he had postponed a move to the MLS to have another crack at the Premier League, and the former Sweden striker was in typically forthright and confident mood when asked to explain his decision.
Ibrahimovic, who suffered a serious knee injury in the Europa League win over Anderlecht in April, got a lot of fans scared for him after doctors confirmed he will be out of football till 2018. But the 35-year-old has made miraculous progress in rehabilitation from injury and has now put pen to paper on a new one-year deal.
The striker, who will take the number ten shirt at Old Trafford, announced the deal with a tweet simply saying "I UNITED it @ManUtd."
“I come back to finish what I started,” said Ibrahimovic, who will probably find he is used more sparingly by Mourinho following the £75 million signing of Lukaku from Everton.
“From my first year here the team has been winning trophies and learning the sacrifice it takes to win a trophy. And the mental part and that is what I think the coach brought the team, the mental thing and me as a player.
“In the Premier League there are many [rivals], which are top six let’s say. They will give a hard time for everybody.
“Like last season Chelsea was the best team, they won. You’ll still have Chelsea, you have Liverpool, I think Everton are not to be underestimated because they have a great coach and they are investing a lot to win. And obviously you have Arsenal, [Manchester] City. So, I think it will look like last year but this year the Red Devils will be on top.”
sked about Lukaku, Ibra added: “Yeah, I’m happy he came. I think the team is much stronger this season, although we lost [Wayne] Rooney, a legend.
“Signing Lukaku makes us even stronger, because he has different qualities from me as a striker and from [Marcus] Rashford as a striker. He is a powerful guy and he brings extra qualities in a game.”