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Ibra: I was Mour than happy to give United my best shot

By Simon Peach

Published 23/11/2016

Up for it: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is relishing challenge at Old Trafford
Up for it: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is relishing challenge at Old Trafford

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has no regrets about swapping superior Paris St Germain for Manchester United, with the striker determined to help Jose Mourinho restore the club to the summit.

Months of speculation came to a head in the summer when the 35-year-old finally made his move to Old Trafford, penning a one-year deal with the option of a further 12 months.

Ibrahimovic, like the team as a whole, enjoyed an exceptional start to the campaign, only for that to tail off and leave United - who host Feyenoord in the Europa League tomorrow night - nine points off the lead after just 12 games.

The Swede always thought United would be "underdogs" and remains confident they can kick on, with Mourinho, his former boss at Inter Milan, as important in his move as the challenge itself.

"The team I signed for this summer is not as strong as the one I left, but when Mourinho called the decision was easy," he said.

"When he calls I have no problem coming, all we had to decide was when I was to be presented as Man U player. The rest, the financial deal, was not the difficult part.

"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."

Ibrahimovic was speaking ahead of receiving his 11th Guldboll, the prize presented by the Swedish FA to the country's best player.

A statue of the 35-year-old in Stockholm is now in the offing, so too it appears is an eventual move to the United States.

"It's a huge option for me," he said. "I can see myself conquering the US as I have with Europe.

"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."

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