English Premiership

Koeman: Zlatan still showing he's one of the best

2017-04-04 10:40
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Everton boss Ronald Koeman spoke highly of former charge Zlatan Ibrahimovic, ahead of the Toffees' match against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Ibrahimovic will return to the United side after the Swede served a three-match domestic ban, which coincided with Jose Mourinho's side dropping points to West Brom and Bournemouth, as well as being knocked of the FA Cup by Chelsea.

Ibrahimovic is United's top scorer since making the move from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in the off-season, netting 26 times in all competitions, and his former manager Koeman admitted he isn't surprised by the Swede's impact

Koeman was in charge of Ajax Amsterdam when Zlatan was still making a name for himself, and remembers their time together fondly.

"I'm not surprised [of his impact in the Premier League] because he's really that talented and strong," said Koeman told the media ahead of Tuesday's match.

"And maybe mentally he's one of the strongest players what I know. I still admire the boy.

"I know him really well and he is still showing really well at his age being still so important for the team and scoring goals, showing he's still one of the best - I have great respect for him.

"I managed Zlatan when he was young and sometimes also difficult! But, okay, that is normal. I'm also better now to handle for a coach than when I was 19! 

"He was funny but we had a lot of young players," Koeman added. [Rafael] Van der Vaart, [Nigel] De Jong, [John] Heitinga, Mido, Zlatan; really big talents at that time, but all were 19, driving Porsches, driving Ferraris!

"I met Zlatan three or four times in the last four or five months. If we speak about that time at Ajax, he knows perfectly how he was when he was 19 and how he is now."

Meanwhile Ibrahimovic will be a welcomed boost to United with Jose Mourinho's team in that time have been knocked out of the FA Cup and lost ground in the race for a top-four finish.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Fixtures
Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Sheffield United v Manchester City, Bramall Lane 21:30
Everton v Newcastle United, Goodison Park 21:30
Crystal Palace v Southampton, Selhurst Park 21:30
Aston Villa v Watford, Villa Park 21:30
AFC Bournemouth v Brighton & Hove Albion, Vitality Stadium 21:30
Chelsea v Arsenal, Stamford Bridge 22:15
Wednesday, 22 January 2020
Leicester City v West Ham United, King Power Stadium 21:30
Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 21:30
Manchester United v Burnley, Old Trafford 22:15
Thursday, 23 January 2020
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool, Molineux Stadium 22:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

And the 2019/20 English Premiership champions will be ... ?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.