Manchester United attacker Juan Mata has revealed what team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic told the club’s kit men on his first day at the club, and as you can imagine it was classic Ibra.
Speaking to FourFourTwo magazine the 29-year-old said:
“The day he arrived, we were away on pre-season, so he was on his own with the kit men at the training ground,”
“They had never met him before and he’s the sort of guy that garners instant respect because of the way he carries himself.
“Zlatan apparently looked the kit men up and down and said: ‘I hope you know God has arrived’.
“The kit men were shaking and didn’t know what to think, then he fell about laughing with them. He always does that.”
As has been the case throughout his career however, Zlatan backed his big words up with performances on the pitch. Many questioned whether the enigmatic Swede would be able to handle the physical demands of life in England at the age of 36, but he put in a string of top-class displays last season for The Red Devils, and finished as the club’s top scorer with 28 goals in 46 appearances.
Sadly, his season was cut short when he picked up a cruciate ligament injury against Anderlecht in the Europa League semi-final.
Once more, many observers wondered if a player of his age would be able to recover from such a serious injury, although yet again he made those doubters look foolish, and has not only returned from injury, but has done so ahead of schedule.
Zlatan is expected to be named in United’s squad for this weekend’s Manchester Derby at Old Trafford, and Red’s fans will be hoping for a bit of magic from the big man, as his side aim to put their City rivals 13 game winning streak in the Premier League to an end.