There may have been concerns ahead of the season that Zlatan Ibrahimovic would not have been able to cope with the season’s demands at the age of 35, but he has proved any doubters wrong.
The former Sweden international is entering the final few years of his playing career, and at this stage, most players’ game time begins to dwindle.
After joining United on a free transfer last summer following a four-year spell at Paris Saint-Germain, Ibrahimovic has proven to manager Jose Mourinho that he is an important member of the team.
The ex-Juventus and Barcelona striker has scored 23 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions.
He showed how is pivotal to United’s attack when he came off the bench on Sunday to score the winner in an FA Cup fifth-round clash against Blackburn Rovers.
Not only can he be clinical in front of goal, Ibrahimovic has proven his fitness.
36 – No Premier League player has played more games in all competitions this season than Zlatan Ibrahimovic (36). Timeless. pic.twitter.com/aUYVOI3vJl
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 20, 2017
As OptaJoe’s tweet above shows, no other player in the Premier League has featured in as many games as Ibrahimovic this season.
It is not yet known how long the striker will continue playing at the top level for, but there is an option for him to extend his one-year deal at United by 12 months.