Zlatan Ibrahimovic, renowned for his confidence (and possibly arrogance), has declared that he has “conquered England” ahead of Manchester United’s clash with arch rivals Liverpool at the weekend.
Speaking to the club website, Ibra added that there is only one thing on his mind – winning the league title.
“No, I’m not chasing anybody. I’m chasing the head trophy – the Premier League.
“That is my aim. The individual things come as part of the main objective because that is like a bonus for every individual player.
I have no individual targets because that I did already, after three months in England. After I conquered England – it took three months.”
Despite being criticised for playing as an individual, Ibrahimovic spoke about how it is vital that the whole team plays as a unit, if they are to successful.
While he is often brash and likes to talk himself up, it is clear from what he told the club website that his motivation is for the team:
“If the collective does well, then the individuals will do well. I try to help the team and try to do what I’m best at – scoring goals, playing good and creating chances for my team-mates.
“As long as I can do that, I know I will help my team. The same thing with them, they help me the way they can for the team.”
The Swede, who previously played for PSG, Ajax, AC Milan and Barcelona is no stranger to some of the biggest domestic club games in Europe. However, it is clear that he is relishing this weekend’s clash with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
“We will give them hard work until then because I think the second half of the season is the decisive one. I know what we want.
“We had our dips, our ups and downs when we were winning, losing, winning and losing. Lately, we have been winning, where we have been more stabilised as a team.
“The coach has found his base, which is not easy when you are a new coach coming to a new team and want to put in your philosophy, your game and the way you want it to be.
“I said from the beginning – slowly, slowly, we will get better and everything was about the click.”
United fans will be happy to see their star so up for the match as they prepare for this huge fixture on Sunday. With Jose Mourinho’s side currently in sixth spot, they need a big second half of the season to get into the Champions League spots.
Sunday is a great chance to get a good run going as United set their eyes on Man City and fourth spot.