Zlatan Ibrahimovic says Manchester United success not a surprise after EFL Cup final victory
By James Walker-Roberts
Last Updated: 27/02/17 8:52am
Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists he is not surprised by his success in his first season with Manchester United after lifting the EFL Cup, saying "this is what I predicted".
The striker, who joined from Paris St-Germain last summer, netted twice in a thrilling 3-2 win over Southampton at Wembley on Sunday.
The double took his tally to the season to 26 goals in all competitions, more than any other player in the Premier League.
And the 35-year-old was asked after his match-winning display in the final if he was surprised by how well his debut season has gone.
"No, no. This is what I predicted. Everything I thought would happen," he told Sky Sports. "The only thing is the others didn't see it. And I came here to show them what I saw and what I would do.
This is what I predicted. Everything I thought would happen...Apparently to many I could not do it, but I keep going and doing what I am doing every year.
"Apparently to many I could not do it, but I keep going and doing what I am doing every year."
Ibrahimovic has now scored six goals in his last five domestic cup finals and has won 32 major trophies.
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"This is what I came for, I came to win and I am winning," he said. "I have to keep going because the more I win the more satisfied I get.
"You appreciate winning more the older you get, it's all about winning and collecting trophies. This is my 32nd trophy, wherever I have been I have won."
Having led 2-0, the game looked to be heading for extra-time after United were pegged back by two goals from Manolo Gabbiadini.
But Ibrahimovic headed home in the 87th minute to secure victory.
"It was nice. It was very nice," he said. "They came back to 2-2 and we looked a bit tired, but then I got the chance and I scored.
"It was a fantastic cross from [Ander] Herrera. This is a team effort, it's not individual."