Zlatan Ibrahimovic has penned an incredible message to Manchester United fans, 11 months after leaving the club, heaping praise on them as he termed them as 'amazing'.
The LA Galaxy striker, who spent one-and-a-half seasons at Old Trafford, scoring 29 goals in 53 appearances before a long term knee injury cut short his career at Manchester United. The injury meant that Ibrahimovic lost his place to Romelu Lukaku who was preferred by the then manager Jose Mourinho.
In an interview with United's official club website, Ibrahimovic thanked the Old Trafford faithful for their amazing support, "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.
"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. 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.
Owed the fans
"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."