Zlatan Ibrahimovic: “I can play until I’m 50”

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic does whatever he wants. He wants to play until the age of 50.

Is anybody going to stop the 35-year-old?

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After scoring two more goals for Manchester United in the 2-0 win against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, Zlatan took his tally in his maiden season in England to 16 goals in 25 appearances in all competitions and he has three goals and an assists in his last two Premier League games.

Speaking after the game, Zlatan was at his very best.

“I’m settling in. I feel happy, I feel good. Even if I’m 35, in my mind I’m 20. I think I could play also at 50, but that won’t be down to me,” Ibrahimovic said. “The older I get, the better I get – like red wine! Do you like red wine? I’m a perfect example of that. The older I get, the better I play.”

Never change Zlatan. Also, never retire.

Ibrahimovic is on an absolute tear right now with 11 goals in the Premier League.

Since the end of November he has scored eight goals for United, which is more than any other striker in Europe’s top five leagues. That’s right, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Diego Costa and Cristiano Ronaldo are all behind him.

He has played in 25 of United’s 27 games this season and with Jose Mourinho previously saying he will rest Zlatan over the festive period, will the Swede be content with sitting on the sidelines when he’s in this kind of form? It will be a bold move for Mourinho to leave him out with United on a run of three-straight Premier League wins and having plenty of winnable games on the horizon.

Zlatan has only signed a one-year deal at Old Trafford but with the kind of form he’s in, surely a contract extension will be on the table very soon. Right now, United’s next highest scorers are Paul Pogba and Juan Mata who have five goals in all competitions.

Yeah, Ibra is the main man for United and they need to keep him around for another few seasons. Or, perhaps another 15?