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Man Utd's Zlatan to be honoured with statue

Zlatan has been named Sweden's top player for the last 10 years in a row. Credit: PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named Sweden's top player for a 10th successive year and will have a statue erected in his honour outside the stadium where he embarrassed England.

The Manchester United forward received his 'Guldbollen' - Golden Ball - award at a ceremony in Stockholm, extending a run of successes that began in 2007.

Ibrahimovic, who also won the award in 2005 before losing out to Fredrik Ljungberg a year later, left Paris St Germain for Manchester United in the summer and has experienced mixed fortunes at his new home.

But in Sweden he continues to reign, despite bringing his international career to an end after Euro 2016. A bronze likeness of the 36-year-old, being created by artist Peter Linde, will soon stand outside the Friends Arena stadium in Stockholm, where Ibrahimovic scored a stunning overhead kick to cap a four-goal haul against England in November 2012.

Ibrahimovic said: "After all the hard work for 15 years in the national team, and 20 in my club career, it feels like it is appreciated. The guy from Rosengard will get his own statue in the capital. A big thank you to everyone.

"It's huge for me. Most people do not get a statue until they have passed away."

Ibrahimovic ended his international career with 62 goals in 116 games.

Zlatan admits he should have scored more for Man Utd

Zlatan scored two at Swansea. Credit: PA

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists he is happy with his recent performances despite missing a number of chances.

The Swede ended a run of six matches without a goal by scoring twice in Sunday's win at Swansea - his first Premier League goals since finding the net against Manchester City on September 10.

And, while he knows he could have added a few more to his tally, the 35-year-old is happy with how his first season in English football is going.

"I think I could have scored a couple more goals than I have done," he told Inside United.

"I missed pretty good chances which I didn't see myself doing but it's a different game here.

"With my performance, I am happy. I know I can do more, I know the team can do more and I want to do more and I will do more."

United's performances have also been patchy, with the win at the Liberty Stadium their first in five league matches which, combined with the EFL Cup and Europa League defeats to Chelsea and Fenerbahce respectively, has led to questions being asked about United's quality.

But Ibrahimovic is confident they will get it right.

"It will click," he said. "We just wait for the moment when everything is clicking among each other, not only inside the pitch, but outside it.

"I don't say things are bad because things are good. We've been a little unlucky in certain games but we believe and, when you believe, it will come.

"I like to train hard, that's my philosophy. If you train hard, you get what you want to get. Hard work pays back, according to me... and it does after 20 years of experience."

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Zlatan feels 'alive' after scoring on Man United debut

Zlatan sprung to life in the second half at the Vitality Stadium. Credit: PA

New Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic feels "alive" in the Premier League after announcing his arrival in the English top flight with a fine goal against Bournemouth.

Ibrahimovic's 25-yard drive helped seal a 3-1 victory for United at the Vitality Stadium and means the striker has now scored on debut in the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 and the Champions League.

Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney's goals had earlier put the visitors in command as manager Jose Mourinho, and Ibrahimovic, enjoyed winning starts to their United careers.

"It was good, very good. I feel alive," Ibrahimovic said.

"I always try to create some chances, help my team-mates, whoever scored today was not important. Only get the win to start the Premier League well.

"I found it was a good game, not easy, the first half was hard," Ibrahimovic said. The second became easier. We found our game much more in the second half and scored a second and third one. The game then was, not easier, but much more open."

Mourinho believes Zlatan is 'at the top of his qualities'

Zlatan celebrates with Mourinho after his goal. Credit: PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is "at the top of his qualities" and can spearhead Manchester United's trophy drive both at home and in Europe, according to Jose Mourinho.

New United boss Mourinho was delighted with his side's 3-1 victory at Bournemouth on the Premier League's opening weekend, with Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Ibrahimovic all on target at the Vitality Stadium.

Mourinho hailed 34-year-old Ibrahimovic's mentoring qualities with United's younger stars, but also insisted the evergreen 116-cap Sweden striker remains at the sport's pinnacle.

Mourinho said:

Forget the passport, forget 34 years old: the body and mentality is not of a 34-year-old guy. I think he's at the top of his qualities. His table for breakfast and his table for meals, he is surrounded by the young ones, surrounded by the kids.

Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford, these are the guys that are with him on the table. So he knows what he can be for them. When I look to the players that were not on the pitch, (Jesse) Lingard, Rashford, (Henrikh) Mkhitaryan, Memphis Depay, Ashley Young, we have a lot.

So when September arrives, when cup talk arrives and the Europa League arrives, we have the people to play and to try to be competitive in every competition.

– Man United manager Jose Mourinho
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