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Larsson backs Ibrahimovic

Former Manchester United and Celtic player Henrik Larsson is certain that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will succeed at the club.

Larsson, now a manager back in Sweden, played with Ibrahimovic for the Swedish national team. He also made a celebrated loan move to United back in 2007 from Helsingborgs IF. Larsson is most well-known for his seven years at Celtic, but he also spent two seasons at Barcelona. And he is convinced that Zlatan has the tools to be successful in the Premier League.

“Zlatan is gigantic in Sweden,” Larsson told manutd.com. “He is the number one. Everyone knows of him and everyone knows about him. There are going to be a lot of people interested to see him as well.

“I think everybody has seen him play but, for a man that big to have the technique he has and the skills he has, it’s a pleasure to watch. So I have to hope everything goes well now when he comes to Manchester United. Hopefully, he can bring United back to where it belongs.”

Larsson agrees with new manager Jose Mourinho that playing in the Premier League will be Ibrahimovic’s biggest challenge so far in his career.

“Yes, it is a huge challenge,” Larsson said. “It’s one of the best leagues, if not the best league in the world, and it has a lot of players with quality. So you need to perform week in and week out.

“There are also the English cups to play in and you want to be able to do something in Europe as well so there are going to be a lot of games. But, as I said, he’s fit and he likes to train. You have got a great physical department at United as well so I’m sure everybody is going to make it happen in the best possible way for the club.

“What I remember of him, although it was a long time ago when we played, was that he used to train hard and train well. I expect he’s still doing that, otherwise he wouldn’t be able to play football at that level at that age.”

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