Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had a very productive start to life in the MLS since his March move to LA Galaxy. The Swedish striker has notched 12 goals in 15 for the American side, but took some time out this past week to visit his old teammates during a training session on United’s current summer tour. Ibrahimovic, who contributed 28 goals in 46 appearances in his debut season, barely featured in his second due to a serious knee injury, but appears to have recovered sufficiently to have a serious impact on his new club, and helped United to a Europa League and Capital One Cup double.
Still, in a recent interview with MUTV pundit Bojan Djordjic, the former Paris Saint Germain and Barcelona man revealed that he had a few regrets about this career at United: “I feel sorry for the fans – if they’d seen me younger, they’d have seen a different lion. 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.
“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.”
One can’t help but wonder what United would have gotten out of a younger Ibrahimovic, given how destructive the former Swedish international during his time in Ligue 1, and despite his clear limitations these days, it was a pleasure to have Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford.