Manchester United announces signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic
A day after Zlatan Ibrahimovic "let the world know" that he was joining Manchester United on Thursday, the Premier League club made it official.
Manchester United announced the signing of Ibrahimovic from Paris Saint-Germain on Friday, adding the prolific 34-year-old on a free transfer. Ibrahimovic scored 156 goals in 180 games with PSG, winning Ligue 1 titles in all four seasons there. He's won titles in four leagues throughout his career and just capped his international career in Euro 2016, concluding a run that included 62 goals in 116 appearances.
"Zlatan needs no introduction," new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said in a statement. "The statistics speak for themselves. Ibra is one of the best strikers in the world and a player who always gives 100%. He has won the most important league championships in the world of football, now he has the opportunity to play in the best league in the world, and I know he will grasp this opportunity and will work hard to help the team win titles. I am certain that his talent will delight fans at Old Trafford next season and that his experience will be invaluable in helping to develop the younger players in the squad."
Ibrahimovic worked with Mourinho when the two were at Inter Milan, and the Swedish striker isn't shy at hiding his feelings of working with the manager who he has lauded repeatedly since that time again.
"I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League," Ibrahimovic said. "It goes without saying that I cannot wait to work with Jose Mourinho once again. He is a fantastic manager and I am ready for this new and exciting challenge. I have thoroughly enjoyed my career so far and have some great memories. I am now ready to create more special memories in England."
Ibrahimovic's first match with United will come August 13 at AFC Bournemouth. His first home match at Old Trafford comes the following Saturday against Southampton.
His first time facing Pep Guardiola, with whom he has a checkered past, will be September 10 in the first Manchester derby of the season.