Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he is 'football's Indiana Jones'

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United leaves the pitch with the match ball after scoring a hat-trick during the UEFA E
Image: Zlatan Ibrahimovic was given an ovation at Old Trafford

Manchester United's hat-trick hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he is football's Indiana Jones.

The 35-year-old was in sensational form on Thursday night, banging in all three goals in United's 3-0 Europa Cup victory over St Etienne at Old Trafford and they take his goal tally to 23 in all competitions since his arrival last summer.

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The Swede is targeting trophies in the Europa League and EFL Cup - they play Southampton in the final next week, live on Sky Sports.

He says he succeeds at whichever club he plays, like Harrison Ford's archaeologist adventurer 'Indy' in the famous Steven Spielberg films.

"Every trophy for me is incredible, everywhere I came I won so if I can win something here I will be super happy," he said.

Journalists stand in front of US actor Harrison Ford (C) as he attends a press conference for US director Steven Spielberg's film 'Indiana Jones and the Ki
Image: Harrison Ford played Indiana Jones in the hit Hollywood movies

"People that know me know that I play in many clubs and I try to do my best. Wherever I went I won - so I am like Indiana Jones."

Thursday's hat-trick was the 17th of his career and took his goal tally against St Etienne alone to 17, putting a smile on the striker's face.

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"It feels good," Ibrahimovic said. "I got a lot of help from my team-mates. We played an open game today and it was important to get a good result so we can take it into the second leg.

"We won 3-0 and I got to score the three goals so I am happy for that. We have still many games to play so hopefully I can continue like I am doing.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  (L-R) Anthony Martial, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera of Manchester United await a cross during the U
Image: Anthony Martial, Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera of Manchester United await a cross

"I've scored a couple of goals against them, I don't focus on specific opponents, I just try to do my job, try to do what I am good at."

Boss Jose Mourinho was not impressed with United's first-half display but in the end his team built up what should be a winning lead heading over to France in the second leg.

during the UEFA Europa  League Round of 32 first leg match between Manchester United and AS Saint-Etienne
Image: Ibrahimovic celebrates one of his three goals on Thursday night

"Exactly," said Ibrahimovic. "A good result because I know how difficult it is to play over there.

"They have a fantastic crowd, fantastic support, and the stadium is very nice, so the guys will see it when we go there. It was important today to get a good result.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United celebrates scoring his sides first goal with Ander Herrera  during the UEFA Eur
Image: Ibrahimovic celebrates his first goal with Ander Herrera

"It is a good team. They always make it difficult for every team they play against and when I was at PSG the same thing. They did good.

"I think a couple of players are new, a couple of players left, but it is a good team."

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