Louis Saha backs Zlatan Ibrahimovic to galvanise Manchester United

Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic will galvanise the Red Devils once he recovers from his long-term knee injury.

The big Swede notched 28 goals in 46 appearances for United last season before he sustained a gruelling injury in the Europa League quarter-final clash against Anderlecht.

Manchester United opted to release the 35-year-old at the expiry of his contract in early June, but the effort shown in his rehabilitation convinced the club into re-signing him on a one-year deal last month. In a report covered by FourFourTwo, Saha admitted that Ibrahimovic is an immense player for the Europa League holders, and he expects the Swede to galvanise the squad upon his return in the second half of the campaign.

He said: “Ibrahimovic is an immense player who will galvanise the squad during the second half of the season Leadership is vital to win trophies like the Premier League and Champions League. I cannot wait for him to resume playing again at Old Trafford.”

Meanwhile, Saha also praised the impact of summer signing Romelu Lukaku who has already notched four goals in his first four outings. The Belgium international has quickly become a fan favourite, and Saha believes that the striker is equally important as goalkeeper David de Gea as United seek to lift the Premier League title.

He added: “Lukaku is the player who can score 25 goals a season but he is also capable of scoring the very decisive ones. He is a very important element, as much as [David] De Gea and the quality of the bench to win a title.”

The Red Devils have clinched nine points from their opening three games of the new season, but Jose Mourinho has refused to get excited as the club were in a similar position during the previous campaign. United finished a lowly sixth in the Premier League last term but they look in better shape under the Portuguese’s tutelage this season.

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