Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said that he feels sorry for club’s supporters for not signing for the Devils much earlier in his career.
Ibrahimovic came to the Premier League back in 2016 on a free transfer after a successful four-year tenure with PSG and made an immediate impact. He, however, was 34 by the time. In his debut season though, he went on to score 28 goals in all competitions, finishing his campaign as the club’s top scorer and also winning the UEFA Europa League as well as the EFL Cup.
The former Sweden international, however, could have netted more had it not been for the knee injury he sustained by the end of the 2016/17 season. This followed by him missing the majority of the 2017/18 season before finalising his move to LA Galaxy right before the end of the season.
Ibrahimovic’s Manchester United tenure had mixed emotions, to say the least, and talking about it, he expressed that he feels sorry for the fans just because he arrived at the club late into his career.
“I feel sorry for the fans – if they’d seen me younger, they’d have seen a different lion,” he told ManUtd.com.
“For the Premier League, it would have been dangerous, as I would have eaten them for breakfast; instead, I took them for lunch. But I came: they wanted me, I gave them me and I took over. Been there and done that.
“I would need more time to explain my feelings but let’s start with a big thanks to everybody – what they did was amazing and I hope they are as happy as I am.”
Ibrahimovic concluded by thanking the United fanbase for being supportive during his recovering tenure and added that whenever he will look back in time, he will think of Manchester United with a smile.
“I gave as much as I could for as long as I could; when I got injured, I got support in a different way. They always stood behind me and my team-mates.
“They are special: everywhere I see red, I think about United. It will remain in history and my career; when I look back at my time with United, I will do it with a smile. I wish them all the best in the future.”