PREMIER LEAGUE IS NOT EASY, SAYS IBRAHIMOVIC
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored on his Premier
League debut as Manchester United beat
Bournemouth, but he says adjusting to England
Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits that he has not
found it easy to adapt to life in the Premier
League despite scoring on his debut in the
competition for Manchester United on Sunday.
The 34-year-old fired in from 25 yards to cap
United’s 3-1 win away to Bournemouth,
following a first-half finish from Juan Mata and
a header from Wayne Rooney.
Ibrahimovic has now scored on his debut in
Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1, the Champions League
and England’s top flight, while he has two goals
in just two competitive matches for Jose
But the experienced forward says he was
simply happy to secure a win as he continues to
settle into life at United.
“It was a difficult game,” he told Sky
Sports. “We weren’t 100 per cent in the first
half, we couldn’t play our game, but we had
more space in the second half and could play
our game. But it was important to start good.”
When asked for his view on his first league
game, he said: “It’s not easy. A new
environment, new stadiums, clubs, teammates.
I just play my game. I try to do my job and help
my teammates. The first objective is to win, and
it’s also good if I score. But it’s the same
importance whoever scores.”
United captain Rooney feels Ibrahimovic’s
arrival has marked a statement of intent from
the club this year, though he insists he does not
feel as though his place is under threat.
“It’s always important to win your first game,”
he added. “We looked dangerous on the
counterattack and created chances. We have
made a real statement bringing in four great
signings and the new manager. There is a lot of
excitement from ourselves and the fans.
“I’ve not had to prove anything to anyone. I’ve
been playing a long time. I believe I’m good
enough to play.”
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