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Garth Crooks has been hugely impressed by how Zlatan Ibrahimovic has adapted to life at Manchester United

Garth Crooks has heaped praise on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the strong start he has made to life at Manchester United.

The Swedish forward has been in fine form for the Red Devils this term following his summer transfer to Old Trafford on a free from Paris Saint-Germain.

There had initially been some doubts about Ibrahimovic’s ability to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League at 35 years of age.

However, the veteran forward has emphatically quashed those doubts by scoring 12 goals and making two assists in his first 17 appearances for the Red Devils in the Premier League.

Indeed, only Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has scored more goals than Ibrahimovic in 2016.

And Crooks has been hugely impressed by how Ibrahimovic has adapted to life in England following his summer move.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Crooks said: “Another world-class striker strutting his stuff in the Premiership.

“Zlatan Ibrahimovic may talk a great game but by golly can he back it up as well. He has this extraordinary ability to execute his work at his own tempo and make it look easy. No one currently seems capable of taking him out of his stride.

“He scored one and set up two others in the 3-1 romp over Sunderland.

“Only Lionel Messi has scored more goals in 2016 which tells you all you need to know about this player.”

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Manchester United are preparing to host Middlesbrough at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon in the top flight.

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