Jamie Redknapp: I’ve been proved completely wrong about this Man United star
Jamie Redknapp admits that he has been proved completely wrong about this Manchester United player...
Jamie Redknapp has admitted that he has been proved completely wrong about Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Swedish striker has been in superb form for Manchester United since arriving at the club on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer window.
At 35 years old, there were doubts about whether Ibrahimovic would be able to cut it at the top level in the Premier League.
However, the forward has proved his worth to Jose Mourinho’s men in recent weeks and scored both goals in Manchester United’s 2-0 win over West Brom at the weekend.
Ibrahimovic has already scored more than 10 goals in the Premier League this season to help Manchester United keep their top-four bid on track.
And former Liverpool star Redknapp concedes that he has been surprised at the way he has adapted to life in England.
Writing in his column for The Daily Mail, Redknapp said: “When Zlatan Ibrahimovic first arrived at Manchester United I thought it would be a step too far for him. He could have stayed in Paris and I didn’t know how he would cope with the physical demands of the Premier League.
“He may be 35 but he is breezing through it – it’s little wonder Jose Mourinho called him ‘Superman’. Can you imagine what he would have done if he’d been here 10 years ago?
“We had this idea that Zlatan was a bit of a bad boy but he is the ultimate pro. He has his own trainer and really looks after himself. He reminds me of Eric Cantona, who changed the mindset of younger players at United in terms of doing extra training and how to take care of yourself.
“Zlatan may be a stop-gap signing but United’s young forwards like Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford will learn a lot from him – especially now he has signed for another year.
“His two goals helped United get a good result against an in-form West Brom and, with their fantastic players hitting their stride, they are on a great run.”
Manchester United have now won their last three games in the Premier League.