Ever a showman, Zlatan Ibrahimovic seems to be reveling in progressing a suspense.
Why accept a one-year agreement prolongation from Manchester United now when we can means a ambiguity and supplement to a mystique?
“Let’s see what happens,” Ibrahimovic pronounced after his giveaway flog and header helped United win a League Cup on Sunday.
“I will stop on top. If we don’t perform, if we don’t pierce results, we will not play,” a Swede added. “I will not be like other players, personification given they (had) a good career and name and they are still personification given they are who they are.”
Even during 35, though, Ibrahimovic is feeding off his goals rather than his reputation.
“I’m an animal,” he said. “I feel like a lion.”
United manager Jose Mourinho positively wants a striker to stay for another year. After Ibrahimovic constructed another age-defying, match-winning arrangement and took his total for a deteriorate to 26 goals, Mourinho pronounced he would not “beg” Ibrahimovic to lengthen his stay.
The fans are another matter. If there’s any doubt Ibrahimovic could call it quits after a singular deteriorate in English football, Mourinho quipped that supporters should stay outward his house.
It was Ibrahimovic’s sons, Vincent and Maximilian, who urged their father to make England his subsequent potentially final end in a winding personification career after his Paris Saint-Germain agreement lapsed final year.
“I had my mind somewhere else … my mind was not here,” Ibrahimovic pronounced as he left Wembley Stadium following United’s 3-2 feat over Southampton. “Then my kids started to strike my conduct and Jose called, afterwards we am here.”
No one yet Ibrahimovic, though, is conversion a preference about either to play on during United into subsequent season.
“(My children) are confident with what we am doing,” Ibrahimovic said, “but this time we am a boss, not them.”
The Swede is enjoying toying with reporters about his future, generally after defying so many predictions that he wouldn’t be means to cut it in England in a twilight of his career.
“Let’s see what happens,” he said. “We have another dual months of a deteriorate to go, given according to many we could not do what I’ve been doing.”
Scoring idea after goal, his exploits relegated a brazen roughly half his age 19-year-old Marcus Rashford and captain Wayne Rooney to a dais during Wembley. And he hasn’t only been used sparingly by Mourinho, concealment in 4 opposite competitions a Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and, of course, League Cup given scoring in a season-opening Community Shield feat over Leicester.
A marksman in front of idea still with such unnerving precision, Ibrahimovic appears as gallant by a impetus of time as he is by younger, presumably some-more nimble defenders, creation 38 appearances with dual months of a deteriorate still remaining.
“I demeanour good,” Ibrahimovic responded with standard brag when sensitive that he looked 25 again. “I know we demeanour good.”
Unlike many pretension players, Ibrahimovic backs adult a hype with performances on a field.
“I feel fresh. we feel good. we feel like an animal. we was not disturbed about age given we know what we am means to do,” Ibrahimovic said. “People who know me from a locker room know that we sight really tough … and we need to suffer.”
Ibrahimovic reaps a rewards. Sunday’s delight underneath a Wembley arch took his career transport of winners’ medals to 32, augmenting a collection from Ajax, Milan clubs Inter and AC Milan, Barcelona and PSG.
“People always contend I’m formidable to hoop and that we have a opposite character,” Ibrahimovic said. “But still we won wherever we went.”
Proving himself in England is quite gratifying even for a actor who never doubts his possess abilities.
“He didn’t come and uncover himself here,” Ibrahimovic summed adult his doubters as saying. “But we came. And we came when people suspicion it was unfit for me to do what we am means to do. It feels good. we am enjoying it.”
And he knows only how most United is relying on him for goals. No other actor in a patrol has even reached double total with a next-highest scorer, Juan Mata, 17 behind with nine.
“Do we need to do it? In my conduct I’m never satisfied,” Ibrahimovic said. “I always wish more. I’m inspired to do more. That is my mentality.”
Had it not been for Ibrahimovic, United competence be serve behind in a Premier League standings than sixth place. If Mourinho’s side doesn’t make a tip 4 _ or win a Europa League _ it will be out of a Champions League for a second true season.
Ibrahimovic’s future, though, won’t count on either he has a shot during finally alighting European soccer’s tip esteem _ a one vital respect to evade him in an differently shining career.
Asked if withdrawal United to play for another group would be a downhill move, Ibrahimovic responded: “Me or a club?”