Former Manchester City and Arsenal player Patrick Vieira has backed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be a success at Manchester United. Ibrahimovic announced his decision to join United on his Twitter and Instagram accounts yesterday, and the excitement regarding the Swede’s commitment could not be contained. Ibrahimovic is a big signing for United, but he is 34-years old, and will turn 35 in October. His age has not halted him from showing excellence in his later years but has retired from international football following Sweden’s departure in the European Championships in France. Vieira, a Frenchman, played with Ibrahimovic at Inter Milan and Juventus and has the belief that the striker can flourish in the Premier League.
“He is a good friend of mine and we spent time together at Juventus and at Inter. We are still in touch once in a while and we have massive respect for each other.
“What I really like about him is his character – he is a winner, a guy who can drive the team because of his character and that is a very good signing for Manchester United.
“I spoke to him this morning – he said that decided to go to United and he believes that is a very good decision for him. Of course I will wish him good luck and I will be following him.”
Vieira spoke about Ibrahimovic’s winning character, which will bring a lot of hope to United. He is an influential player who can provide assistance for younger players such as Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in the forward positions. Ibrahimovic has experience at many clubs throughout his career and knows how to win. Even at his age, Ibrahimovic is still able to perform in big games. This was easily recognizable in UEFA Champions League games with Paris Saint-Germain, but he was unable to perform for Sweden in the European Championships. Euro 2016 was a different story for Ibrahimovic with Sweden as the superstar struggled to find his ground and only bagged an assist on an own goal in Sweden’s opener against Ireland. At United, he will have a better supporting cast.
United will welcome Ibrahimovic’s experience, especially for the younger players. Ibrahimovic worked with Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan and will surely be looking forward to his future with the manager at Old Trafford. The combination between Ibrahimovic and Mourinho could provide extreme entertainment as two of the biggest personalities in world football work together in the Premier League. Vieira referred to the incredible names making their way to Manchester to both the red and blue side of the city. The New York City FC manager said:
“Look at the two managers in Manchester; look at Ibrahimovic; Aguero on one side, Silva, Rooney.
“I think Manchester is the capital of football.”
Ibrahimovic will sell shirts and should make an impact on the scene regardless of form. All eyes will be on mostly Mourinho, but Ibrahimovic will not be able to hide from his reputation, which could add some spunk to United’s lineup. United is on the way back to the top and the signing of Ibrahimovic will aide the Red Devils in getting through the tough times that the club has endured since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. The addition of Ibrahimovic will bring a winning mentality to a team coached by a proven winner in Mourinho. The duo will make waves in the British media together, and even though there will not be Champions League football — which could be a blessing in disguise as the focus will be on the Premier League — United will once again challenge for the Premier League spoils.