Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has opened up about life after Old Trafford as he seeks to “conquer” the United States. The big Swede – who turned 35 last month – joined up with Jose Mourinho in the summer following a free transfer from French giants Paris Saint-Germain and has made a solid start to his United career.
Ibrahimovic has found the net six times in the Premier League so far, taking him to eight in all competitions for the Reds. In fact, his last strike was historic for two reasons. His first goal against Swansea in the 3-1 win before the international break was the 25,000th goal to be scored in the Premier League and even more impressively, it was Zlatan’s 400th career goal. Despite all of his goals coming across Europe, the experienced striker has spoken of his desire to dominate the US.
“It’s a huge option for me. For the football and everything else. I can see myself conquering the US as I have with Europe,” he told daily newspaper Aftonbladet.
“Lots of people stay in one place throughout their career, but I’ve travelled around like Napoleon, and conquered every new country where I’ve set foot.
“So perhaps I should do what Napoleon didn’t and cross the Atlantic and conquer the States as well.”
Ibrahimovic won four French league titles during his four-year stint at PSG and despite United’s stuttering start to this Premier League campaign – which sees them a whopping 9 points off top spot – he insists he has no regrets swapping Paris for Manchester.
“I had it good at PSG; it’s no secret. We had a strong and good team that got better and better every year,” he added. “But that’s passed now. This is a new chapter now and I’m trying to create the same feeling here.
“The team I signed for this summer is not as strong as the one I left, but when Mourinho called the decision was easy.
“When he calls I have no problem coming, all we had to decide was when I was to be presented as a Man Utd player. The rest, the financial deal, was not the difficult part. It was about the challenge really, and I will never say no to a challenge.
“This is what I wanted; coming to one of the world’s biggest clubs, that has had troubles and not won much of late, and try the Premier League. That is the challenge.”
United take on Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday evening in a must win game, lose and should Fenerbahce beat bottom side Zorya Luhansk, Mourinho’s men will be unable to qualify from the group. Ibrahimovic will be looking to return to the first team for the visit of Feyenoord following his one-match suspension which saw him miss the Arsenal game at the weekend after racking up five yellow cards.