Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has said that the arrival Zlatan Ibrahimovic has given Manchester United a massive boost. For the last three seasons, United have dipped in form – relying on De Gea on many occasions to keep them in matches. The Spanish goalkeeper won the Player of the Year award at the club for the past three seasons, which helps to show his role at the club during that time. United are due a change of luck, and so far the arrival of Jose Mourinho as the club’s new manager, it could be the start of the luck change. Pre-season has not been great for United after many of their key players being absent due to participation in the European Championships and Copa America this summer – beating Wigan Athletic 2-0 with a youthful side, losing 4-1 to Borussia Dortmund in China with a side who were not as fit as the German side, the cancelled Manchester City match then the 5-2 demolition of Galatasaray in Sweden on Saturday.
This summer, Jose Mourinho has made three signings; Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with more reportedly on the way. The 34-year-old former Sweden international is the boost De Gea was talking about as his confidence and winning mentality seem to have changed everything – so far at least. United have lacked leadership on the pitch recently, also that drive to get forward and find goals through any measure, which was seemingly restricted by former manager Louis van Gaal. United will benefit from the added quality at the club this season, especially is Ibrahimovic can replicate his form with Paris Saint-Germain last season, where he scored 50 goals in 51 appearances in all competitions – his best season yet. Speaking to MUTV, which was reported by Sky Sports News HQ, De Gea said:
“It’s really good to have Zlatan already here, training with the team. You can see he’s a top player, he’s massive, very big, with a lot of quality and of course he is a top striker. I think he will settle in very quickly. You can look and it seems like he has been playing here many years already and the same with the other guys we’ve signed.
“They are playing really well, their training has been top and I think that we have signed really good players. That gives us more energy when you see players like them coming to Manchester and now we have to train together, trying to be fit as soon as possible and now we’re going to play the first game against Leicester City with the Community Shield up for grabs.”
Manchester United will be looking to get back to winning ways this season. There are two more matches to play before the season proper starts with an away trip to Bournemouth a week on Sunday, a fixture United lost 2-1 last season. United face Everton at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening in Wayne Rooney’s testimonial, before facing Premier League champions Leicester City at Wembley to contest the FA Community Shield, which could be Jose Mourinho’s first trophy in charge of Manchester United – similar to the start to the season for David Moyes back in 2013, but this season should be so much better than that ill-fated one. Manchester United have the winning mentality back, the fear factor is coming back – which will make this season a must to return to the top of the league. Many suggest it will not happen, but Manchester United is not a team you write off!