Zlatan Pays A Huge Tribute To The Manchester United Fans

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates and fans.

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Despite having spent merely one-and-a-half seasons at Manchester United, Zlatan Ibrahimovic managed to do what he does best at the Old Trafford club, and became a huge fan-favourite in the process.

The Swede scored 29 goals in 53 appearances for the Red Devils, whilst leading them to League Cup and Europa League glory.

Now, nearly a year after his departure to MLS outfit LA Galaxy, the 37-year-old has looked back at the time he spent with the 20-time English champions, and heaped massive praise on the club’s fanbase.

Speaking to ManUtd.com, Zlatan admitted: “Oh, the United fans, by the way… they are amazing. I’m not just saying that because I played for United. I know now because I’ve been on their side and I know the feeling they give you. I don’t need to lick a**, but the fans were just amazing.

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“I remember my first game in the Premier League at Bournemouth, I scored and the fans were singing my song for 45 minutes. After 20 minutes I was like: guys, please, my game is not really on top right now. Wait until I’m on top, wait and see!

“Inside, I was like:  ‘F***, this is fantastic!’ They really appreciated what I did and they were thankful. That is the best credit a player can get because when you do something and you get that response from the fans, it’s amazing.”

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The decorated forward continued: “They are 50 percent of everything we do. Imagine if you played in empty stadiums… you would not play. In Old Trafford it was always full. Always. In every away game they always showed up, always supported.

“When you get that support, it makes you give more back to them. We owed that to them. That is what triggered me, the whole season, not only winning the trophies, although of course you want to win the trophies.

“I remember walking out at Wembley for the League Cup final and seeing United shirts everywhere. And the noise… wow. Like I say, that triggers you. That makes you play. So that day, I get to score the two goals and we win a trophy. Just like I said we would.”