Zlatan Ibrahimovic reaches 20-goal mark with Manchester United
Ibrahimovic scores in 3-0 rout of Leicester City to reach 20-goal mark and become first Manchester United player in post-Ferguson era to do so
Manchester United’s Zlatan Imbrahimovic. Pic/AP
London: Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic has enjoyed making a mockery of the doubters and pledged to keep doing so after hitting the 20-goal mark.
As well as the fanfare that greeted his high-profile Old Trafford arrival were understandable questions as to whether the veteran striker could now cut it in English football.
Ibrahimovic has made light work of such doubts, along with United’s bloated fixture schedule, and plundered his 20th goal of the season on Sunday, helping Jose Mourinho’s men swat aside reigning champions Leicester 3-0.
A fine first-time strike saw the 35-year-old become the first player in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era to notch 20 goals in a single campaign at United — and the oldest player of any club to reach 15 Premier League goals in a season.
Ibrahimovic never had any doubt that such peaks would be reached, though, and still has a way to go until reaching his goal target.
"I still produce and do my best and I get a lot of help from my teammates," he said. "I know there were many people who said I wouldn’t even score 20 but that is nothing I focus on. For me, the main objective is to help my team win and do their best and afterwards we see what happens.
"We have some games left so hopefully I will get more," Ibrahimovic added.
Number of goals scored by Ibrahimovic this season for Man United in all competitions to become the first player to reach the mark in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era