Neville: Zlatan is an ‘absolute animal’


Neville: Zlatan is an ‘absolute animal’

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Former Manchester United defender Phil Neville has praised Ibrahimovic who scored two in yesterday’s dramatic United win over Southampton in the EFL Cup final.

Neville has joined a list of others who have been impressed by the 35-year-old striker – he simply never fails to deliver. Ibrahimovic has now bagged 26 goals in all competitions this season.

“He’s an absolute animal.” Neville said. “It’s getting to that time where talking about the best player in the premier league and he’s up there. There are times when he is carrying United, and he reminds me of Roy Keane with his aggression.

“He never knows when he’s beat. It’s also the quality of his finishing, he is world class and some people here didn’t think he was.”

Zlatan grew up in a small ghetto district in Malmo and has on more than occasion stated the character building influence of such upbringing. Neville has also seen that in him.

“When you are a manager and you join a new club, you need that person who sings out of your hymn sheet and I think Zlatan is that leader. I know Rooney lifted the cup but I think Zlatan is the leader on the pitch.”

Neville didn’t stop with the praises here and compared Ibrahimovic to a true Manchester  United legend.

“Cantona, when he walked on the pitch with his collar up, you thought “I love Old Trafford” – he had an aura and he had the confidence. [Zlatan] is the same, you see his interviews after the game.

“Sometimes you hate people who have that much arrogance but I actually love that arrogance because he actually delivers at the same time as well.”

Have a read  at this bio piece on Zlatan to find out more about the man.



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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 30 65 81
2 Manchester United FC 30 35 65
3 Liverpool FC 31 39 63
4 Tottenham Hotspur FC 30 34 61
5 Chelsea FC 30 25 56
6 Arsenal FC 30 14 48
7 Burnley FC 30 1 43
8 Leicester City FC 30 2 40
9 Everton FC 31 -13 40
10 AFC Bournemouth 31 -12 36
11 Watford FC 31 -16 36
12 Brighton & Hove Albion 30 -12 34
13 Newcastle United FC 30 -10 32
14 Swansea City FC 30 -17 31
15 Huddersfield Town 31 -27 31
16 Crystal Palace FC 31 -18 30
17 West Ham United FC 30 -21 30
18 Southampton FC 30 -15 28
19 Stoke City FC 31 -29 27
20 West Bromwich Albion FC 31 -25 20