EPL 2016/17: Zlatan Ibrahimovic the best signing of the season, insists Owen Hargreaves
Manchester United talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic moved to Manchester on a free transfer from PSG in the summer and has scored 6 goals in his 12 appearances for the Red Devils. However, he has failed to find the back of the net since his goal against Manchester City in the league and his solitary goal in the win against Zorya Luhansk in the Europa league.
Former United player Owen Hargreaves is adamant that despite his current dip in form, the 35-year-old Swede is the best summer signing of the season, also stressing that the club's fortunes would be different without Zlatan in the squad, claiming he won’t know where they would be in the standings.
The signing of the season by far has been Zlatan Ibrahimovic,” Hargreaves told BT Sport.
“To get him on a free transfer – and a player of that quality. I wouldn’t like to know where Manchester United would be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic.”
Zlatan’s influence on proceedings in his last outing against Liverpool on Monday night brought on a lot of criticism over the role played by the striker and his ability to drop back into the midfield pocket whilst United are being pegged back. The best chance of the game also fell the way of the 6 foot, 5 United forward, who missed an open header at the far post and sneak away a precious win over Liverpool at Anfield.
Ibrahimovic began his career at United in stunning fashion scoring on his official debut in the Community Shield victory over Leicester City at Wembley Stadium. He then went on to notch 3 goals in his first two appearances in the league with a goal on the opening day against Bournemouth and a brace in his first league home game against Southampton.
A peculiar, pre-mature prediction made by the former England international Hargreaves, who is convinced the Swedish star will be the vital asset for United going into the Winter months and the rest of the season.
Jose Mourinho has also claimed that the striker will be the best signing of the season in his press conference ahead of the Fenerbahce fixture that Zlatan, did not play a part in.
“He is quite beautiful for me, to meet him five or six years later and to find the same professionalism, ambition, desire to play, desire to compete. He is really fit, he is always ready to play. I couldn’t be happier with his influence in the dressing room. The young guys look at him and what they see is great for them.” said the United boss.