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Man United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic slams perception of arrogance ahead of PL debut

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney in action for United against Galatasaray in a pre-season friendly
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney in action for United against Galatasaray in a pre-season friendly

New Manchester United frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic has stated that he is no "bad boy" ahead of the new Premier League season, which kicks off tomorrow afternoon.

The former Paris Saint-Germain frontman joined Jose Mourinho's United on a free transfer this summer.

Having scored 38 times in Ligue 1 last season, while providing 13 assists, big things are expected of the enigmatic Swede.

Ibrahimovic has never been a player to doubt his own abilities but he does not agree with the perception that his self-confidence is part of an arrogant nature.

"I'm a normal person," the 34-year-old stated in an interview with Sky Sports.

"People have the image of me that I'm a bad boy; I'm this and I'm that. People are curious: 'How is this Zlatan?'

"I'm a family guy. I'm taking care of my family, but when I come on the pitch I'm a lion. That's the big difference.

"I don't believe I'm arrogant in the way that people think. I'm confident. I believe in myself.

“That's not being arrogant. That's something I believe is an individual strength in the human being.

"I have confidence and I believe in myself. I have a vision and I do everything. I work hard for it.

"I don't believe that's arrogant."

The Red Devils get underway in the Premier League on Sunday at 1.30pm, when they take on Eddie Howe's Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.