Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not satisfied.
Is he ever satisfied?
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After scoring two goals in Manchester United’s 3-1 win at Swansea City on Sunday, the 35-year-old striker took his tally to eight goals in 17 games this season in all competitions.
He wants, and promises, more.
In an interview with United’s own magazine, Inside United, the Swedish striker promised he and those around him would deliver.
“I think I could have scored a couple more goals than I have done – I missed pretty good chances which I didn’t see myself doing,” Ibrahimovic said. “But it’s a different game here [in England]. Here, it’s different compared to the ones [the leagues] before. When you play a game here, there is no team controlling it, it’s back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. That’s the way the game is, you have to get used to it. With my performance, I am happy. I know I can do more, I know the team can do more and I want to do more and I will do more.”
Zlatan also admitted it was taking the squad a while to gel but slowly but surely they will improve and get to where they want to be.
“We have a mix of ages – experienced players, young players, the quality is there,” Ibrahimovic said. “I think we can achieve big things. I said after the Liverpool game and I said it before that we just need to find the ‘click’ where we find each other. Every day that goes by, the more you get to know each other and it becomes like a family. You know what you need – I know what I need to do to get the maximum out of my team-mates and the same thing on the other side, they know what they need to bring that out of me.”
United currently sit in sixth place in the PL on 18 points and are six points off the top four, but just eight points off first-placed Liverpool. Despite their run of just two wins in their last eight PL games, it’s not all doom and gloom for Jose Mourinho’s side.
Yes, they have suffered bad defeats against Chelsea, Manchester City and Watford and Mourinho is already questioning the attitude of some players, but it is early days at Old Trafford for the new manager and plenty of new players, including Zlatan.
That fact that United is still in touching distance of the top four and the experienced striker is expecting plenty more bodes well for the Red Devils.
If there’s one thing we know about Zlatan, throughout his storied career he’s always talked a big game. He’s always backed up that talk with goals and trophies, too.