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Zlatan hails new 'perfect strike partner' Rooney

Zlatan and Rooney playing in a friendly for Manchester United. Credit: PA

New Manchester United frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic has described club captain Wayne Rooney as the "perfect partner for a striker".

Rooney has dropped into in a midfield role for United and England of late but new Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho has indicated he wants to utilise the 30-year-old further forward.

On Saturday a 5-2 friendly win for United over Galatasaray saw Rooney score twice and Ibrahimovic once, and the latter says he can see "only success" if the two play alongside each other in attack.

The 34-year-old Swede, recruited this summer on a free transfer after leaving Paris St Germain, told MUTV: "I think every big player can work with other big players. That's not a problem.

"We are 11 players not two players on the pitch. It's up to the coach what he wants but, with him, I see no problems. Only success.

"I said many years ago the perfect partner for a striker is Wayne Rooney. He works not only for himself but for the striker and the whole team. I'm absolutely happy to be one of the guys beside him."

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