His record is astonishing. And at 34 normal physical rules don’t apply with this force of nature.
In confirming the signing of the Swedish superstar on Friday afternoon, Manchester United have not only snared a super ego but a gone up a class as a football team.
Zlatan may be full of himself and no spring chicken at 34 but he can do things on a football field that are quite simply unique.
References to Eric Cantona over the last week are not out of place at all.
Zlatan will offer the same type of breathtaking moments of genuine football artistry – a flick which immediately carves open a game, a devastating strike from distance or a be-slippered 40 yard pass – because he has the beautiful footballing brain to go with the physical ability.
But, more importantly, he will restore the art of finishing to this squad.
Zlatan is an A-lister with a scarcely credible CV. He’s won the title in twelve of the last 13 seasons – the odd one out being a runners up gong in 2011 while at Milan.
This is a player of power, presence and precision. A leader of the line who will relish the challenge of gracing Manchester United, The Premier League and proving any remaining doubters wrong.
If he stays fit he will score 30 goals as United’s main number 9 in the coming season.
With the pacy likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Memphis Depay offering support from wide, Manchester United’s attack may be about to click again.
Final prediction: Zlatan will have a great season at Manchester United and extend his contract for another year to have a final Champions League tilt.
But let’s leave the final words to the man himself, who once said:
‘I can’t help but laugh at how perfect I am.’