There were doubts over the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic by Manchester United last summer; there was a general belief that the Swedish forward will find life difficult in the Premier League due to his age.
And of course, not all players that are stars in other leagues have found it rosy in England. It has taken some of them months to find their feet in the Premier League while some have had to move away.
On a free transfer from Paris-Saint Germain, Ibrahimovic has taken many by surprise and proved his doubters wrong with his work rate and how he has handled the rigors and the physicality of the Premier League. His contributions have been surpassed expectations.
His exploits in the Premier League has shown that his trophy-laden career in Holland, Italy, Spain and France were not “fake” after all. He can be regarded as arguably the most successful ‘free’ signing in the history of Premier League.
Man United position in the Premier league would have been 11 points worse off without the forwards’ goals. He has helped them with 26 goals so far this season, including seven match-winning strikes and two in the EFL Cup final which won United the cup.
He has been involved in 25 league matches, proving that he has adjusted to a league that is regarded as the most demanding physically in Europe and it is not an over statement that United rely on the 35-year-old forward – a responsibility he has also shouldered perfectly.
And their Champions League qualification next season seems to depend on the attacker. They are three points behind Liverpool, who have a game in hand, in the fourth place and are still in the Europa League – the options available for them to secure a spot in Europe’s elite competition.
Though no guarantee of United winning the league in his first season at Old Trafford, extending his stay at the club may give him the chance of adding the title to his list of honours.