Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaks about his teammates ahead of his Premier League debut

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic

New Manchester United man Zlatan Ibrahimovic spoke about the likes of Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford in a wide-ranging interview.

Manchester United's Zlatan IbrahimovicZlatan Ibrahimovic wearing the red of Manchester United

Zlatan ibrahimovic has opened up on his Manchester United move in an interview with Sky Sports

In addition to commenting on his new teammates, the 34-year-old touched upon his reasons for making the move to England at such a late stage in his career.

He revealed that a move to England had never really been at the forefront of his mind until recently, but when a club of United's stature came calling, he couldn't resist.

He told Sky Sports: "I don't believe there is anybody who could say no to a club like Manchester United."

In keeping with the task assigned to new manager Jose Mourinho, Ibrahimovic is looking to restore the Red Devils to former glories. 

He continued: "It's all about winning. It's about coming and winning and making Manchester United shine again."

Ibrahimovic has certainly started as he means to go on in that regard, having scored the winning goal in last weekend's Community Shield victory over Leicester City.

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores their second goal Ibrahimovic scoring the winning goal on Sunday

It is the role Ibrahimovic can fulfil for United's youngsters that may most excite the club's fans. 

The club is renowned for its belief in promoting youth from within the club's ranks, but with Mourinho's arrival - and his apparent reputation for ignoring youth structures within the clubs he manages - there were fears that United's youth-based ethos may be on the wane.

However, Ibrahimovic doesn't see it that way.

"I can do a lot for the young players," he claimed. "I see Rashford as a huge talent, I have been here two weeks and I also saw him last season."

The risk is that Rashford might suffer from second-season syndrome, having had such a meteoric rise last season after he was thrust into the starting line-up for the Europe League round-of-32 clash with FC Midtjylland.

The Manchester-born striker, who doesn't turn 19 until October, has dealt comfortably with every challenge thrown his way thus far in his short career.

During England's Euro 2016 defeat at the hands of Iceland, Rashford was only on the field for the final 10 minutes but posed more of a threat to the Icelandic defence than the rest of his teammates combined.  

Marcus Rashford scores the second goal for Manchester UnitedRashford scoring against Bournemouth last season

Ibrahimovic shares the view that Rashford has the ability to be a star of English football.

"I get to see him live every day now," he said. "He is the future of England."

Zlatan is particularly looking forward to teaming up with Wayne Rooney, though he thinks it may take time for the two veterans to gel.

There is still much debate about where Rooney's future lies, but in all likelihood the United captain will be used in midfield, playing behind the likes of Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial and Rashford.

Ibrahimovic said, "I think it will work very well. The more time we spend on the pitch together, the more we get to know each other."

The former PSG frontman was keen to dispel the myth that he is arrogant. "I'm a family guy. I don't believe I'm arrogant in the way that people think. I'm confident. I believe in myself.

"That's not being arrogant. That's something I believe is an individual strength in the human being."

Manchester United celebrate with the trophy after winning the FA Community ShieldSilverware is all that matters for Manchester United 

United will hope that Zlatan's swagger can rub off on the club. In the post-Ferguson era, the club has often played without the bravado and excitement that characterised Ferguson-led United teams - the belief that no challenge was too daunting.

Mourinho's charges will look to start as they mean to go on when they start their Premier League campaign on Sunday at Bournemouth. 

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