Mourinho salutes Zlatan’s instant impact

Jose Mourinho expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic to help Manchester United rule the Premier League after the Swedish star marked his debut with an excellent goal in Sunday's 3-1 win at Bournemouth.

Mourinho salutes Zlatan's instant impact
The 34-year-old (above, in white) who arrived from PSG on a free transfer, scored United's third goal with a 25-yard shot. Photo: AFP

After winning league titles with Ajax, Barcelona, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, Ibrahimovic has his sights set on adding a Premier League medal to his glittering trophy cabinet.

Ibrahimovic has now scored on his debut in the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 and the Champions League and United manager Mourinho is confident his close-season signing is only just getting started.

The 34-year-old, who arrived from PSG on a free transfer, scored United's third goal with a well-struck 25-yard shot, earning an early comparison with Old Trafford icon Eric Cantona.

“Eric Cantona was here at the best moment in his career. This guy (Ibrahimovic) is more than a player,” Mourinho said.

“For the next two seasons I think he can be phenomenal for the team and the Premier League.

“It's incredible how Zlatan has never won the Golden Ball, but he wants to win the Premier League, not the Golden Ball.”

Ibrahimovic admitted it isn't always easy to adapt to a new league, so he was delighted to get off to a winning and goal-scoring start to life in the English elite.

“The team did good. It was a difficult game. In the first half we weren't 100 percent but we had more space in the second half and could play our game,” Ibrahimovic said.

“It's important to start good. Being new to the league is not easy. Everything is new for me, my team-mates, the clubs, the environment. I just play my game.

“I try to do my job and help my team. The first objective is to win, it's also good if I score. But it's the same importance whoever scores.”


Zlatan has been ‘cured’ of coronavirus: AC Milan

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been given the all-clear to end his quarantine period and return to action after testing negative for coronavirus, the Serie A club announced on Friday.

Zlatan has been 'cured' of coronavirus: AC Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring a goal in September. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP
Milan confirmed in a statement that the Swedish striker had “tested negative” twice in a row, as stipulated in the protocol to be able to lift the quarantine procedure.
Ibrahimovic, 39, sounded a more triumphal note on his social media: “You are cured! The health authority says the quarantine is over, you can go out!”, he wrote on Twitter.

The announcement comes a day after Milan said Ibrahimovic had tested positive a second time for Covid-19, putting in doubt his participation in the Milan derby on October 17.
Ibrahimovic first tested positive on September 24.
The derby remains in doubt with two other Milan players and five from Inter currently in self-quarantine.
In spite of his absence, Milan have made a decent start to the season, having climbed to second in Serie A after winning all three of their games and reaching the group stages of the Europa League.