Ibrahimovic said he had postponed a move to the MLS to have another go at the Premier League, and the Swede was in typically confident mood when asked to discuss his decision.
“I come back to finish what I started,” said Ibrahimovic, who will be used more sparingly by Jose Mourinho following the £75 million signing of Lukaku from Everton.
“From my first year here the team has been winning trophies and learning the sacrifice it takes to win a trophy. And the mental part and that is what I think the coach brought the team, the mental thing and me as a player”.
“In the Premier League there are many rivals, which are top six let’s say. They will give a hard time for everybody”.
“Like last season Chelsea was the best team, they won. You’ll still have Chelsea, you have Liverpool, I think Everton are not to be underestimated because they have a great coach and they are investing a lot to win. And obviously you have Arsenal, [Manchester] City. So, I think it will look like last year but this year the Red Devils will be on top.”
United were initially reluctant to offer Ibrahimovic a new contract, given he earns around £350,000 a week and would not play for so long considering his age.
However, having decided to carry out his rehabilitation at United’s Carrington base, Ibrahimovic stunned medical staff with the speed of his recovery and for a player who scored 28 goals in his first season in England, they see no reason why he will not return as strong and as mobile as he was prior to the injury.
“In the beginning when it [the injury] happened, it was something new for me because it was a big injury,” Ibrahimovic told ESPN FC. “But mentally I am strong. I work hard, I haven’t had a day off since the injury. I want to be the one I was, and even better.”
When asked about Romelu Lukaku, Ibra added: “Yeah, I’m happy he came. I think the team is much stronger this season, although we lost [Wayne] Rooney, a legend.
“Signing Lukaku makes us even stronger, because he has different qualities from me as a striker and from [Marcus] Rashford as a striker. He is a powerful guy and he brings extra qualities in a game.”