Manchester United‘s new striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is enjoying a good time at Old Trafford, having started with a trophy and scoring in his two outings for the club. He confessed after the 3-1 win against Bournemouth that he feels “alive”.
Image: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Ibrahimovic’s 25-yard curve helped seal victory for United at the Vitality Stadium.
His goal against Bournemouth means the Swede has made history by scoring in all his debut matches in the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 and the Champions League.
“It was good, very good. I feel alive,” Ibrahimovic said.
“I always try to create some chances, help my team-mates, whoever scored today was not important. Only get the win to start the Premier League well.”
Ibrahimovic, who also scored United’s winner in the Community Shield against Leicester, did not always look comfortable against the host, but he did his magic anyway.
Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney were quick to put their names in the goals record sheet earlier in the game, helping to hand Jose Mourinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic a positive Premier League start with the Red Devils.
“I found it was a good game, not easy, the first half was hard,” Ibrahimovic said.
“The second became easier. We found our game much more in the second half and scored a second and third one. The game then was, not easier, but much more open.”
Image: Juan Mata
Juan Mata had a field day on the pitch against Bournemouth, too. He did really well.
United fans will also be pleased to see him make such an impression after suffering the embarrassment of coming on and off as a substitute in the Community Shield Cup against Leicester City.
At Stamford Bridge, things were a lot different for the Spaniard and Jose Mourinho [as a former Chelsea coach].
However, the days when Mourinho viewed him as surplus to requirements at Chelsea may never be relived.
Mata says he’s happy with recent events at the club under Mou.
“The season has started in a really good way,” Mata wrote on his blog.
“It was important to have a positive start in the Premiership against Bournemouth, a team that had a good last season.
“We did it, and overall I think the whole team played a very complete game. I believe our victory was well deserved and, on top of that, I was lucky to score the first goal of the game, which is always an extra reason to be happy.”