Zlatan Ibrahimovic rips into his critics with a stinging attack
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hit out at the doubters who suggested he would fail to make his mark in English football, in a colourful interview to mark the start of 2017.
Many experts predicted the Swedish striker would struggle to make his mark in the Premier League at the back end of his career, yet he has silenced his doubters with a glut of goals in his first few months at United.
Ibrahimovic heads into Monday's game at West Ham looking to add to his 12 Premier League goals, with only Chelsea marksman Diego Costa ahead of him in the scoring charts after a sparkling run of form as United’s No.9.
Now the 35-year-old has offered up a feisty repost to his critics, with his choice of language suggesting the doubters have inspired him to shine this season.
“I came to the Premier League and everyone thought it would not be possible but, like always, I make them eat their balls," Ibrahimovic stated, before he turned is attention to those who questioned his abilities as he moved to United last summer.
“It gives me a lot of energy, trust me," he stressed. "A lot of energy because they get paid to talk s*** and I get paid to play with my feet, that’s how I enjoy it.
“I had a fantastic year, I am not complaining. I came to United, my first six months here has been more than amazing. I am super happy and let’s hope we can continue the ride and keep going.
"I feel good. I don’t know how many years I have left but I am enjoying the football.
“I’m super-happy and I feel good. I don’t know how many years I have left, but I’m enjoying the football. I wanted to come to United when everyone thought I was over (the hill).”
Ibrahimovic went on to criticise the Premier League's fixture list, as he hit out at a schedule that sees United playing West Ham in London just two days after they beat Middlesbrough at Old Trafford.
“I think it’s crazy. Let’s be intelligent and realistic," he added.
"For the health and for every individual and for the physical part of the point of view for everyone that is in the game, you need rest.
“There’s no superman. There’s no strength that can recover from a game so fast, and I cannot do anything about it. If the coach wants me to play, I’ll play.
"From a game, you need two or three days to recover. We’ve just recovered from the last game, played again and we have another game within 48 hours, so let’s be intelligent and recover good.”