Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said Zlatan Ibrahimovic will bring a winning mentality to Manchester United, but warned that his age could work against him in the Premier League.
Ibrahimovic, 34, aims to add the Premier League title to his collection of trophies from Italy, Spain and France after joining on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.
But Wenger said the former Sweden captain, who will be 35 in October, was not guaranteed to be a success.
“Honestly I don’t know [how he will do],” Wenger said at a news conference ahead of Sunday’s preseason game against Manchester City in southern Sweden.
“Going for him is his class, his talent, his desire to do well. What goes against him is that he is not the youngest player any more, so you are questioned about that in every game.”
Ibrahimovic scored a French league record 38 goals last season as PSG raced to the title, and Wenger said: “From what I saw of him last year, it was his most complete season as an individual player and as a team player. He became a really great team player.
“On the mental aspect, he will bring something to Man United as well. He is a winner, he has charisma and he will give them strength as well as his individual quality.”
Ibrahimovic’s arrival in Manchester adds another element of intrigue to the already fierce rivalry between United and City — and their managers Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.
Ibrahimovic has played under both, at Inter Milan and Barcelona respectively, and has made no secret of his admiration for Mourinho and dislike for Guardiola.
But Guardiola said he had no doubt that his former player would enjoy success in the Premier League.
“He has played well in every country, and I think he’s going to play well in England as well,” he said.