Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Signing with LA Galaxy was ultimate destiny

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores a screamer on MLS debut to help Los Angeles Galaxy win MARK RALSTON AFP
Sergio Cook | 01 April, 2018, 02:45

Ibrahimovic's move to LA Galaxy comes as a major boost to the MLS team, who finished at the bottom of the table last season.

"They chanted 'We want Zlatan.' So I gave them Zlatan", Ibrahimovic told Fox after the game.

'Things goes how they are not supposed to. I come here to win and I'm pretty sure I will win.

While the enigmatic presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic soon dominated the Los Angeles derby, it was Los Angeles FC star Carlos Vela who took the starring role in the early going.

The hosts had a good chance to pull one back before half-time when Rolf Feltscher beat his defender to the endline and was all alone only to tamely chip his cross right to LAFC keeper Tyler Miller with two teammates open in front of goal.

Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to Zlatan Ibrahimovic by declaring his departure from Manchester United a "sad" moment for European football.

Next up for the Galaxy (2-1-1) is a trip to Sporting Kansas City on April 8 while LAFC (2-1) host Atlanta United next Saturday.

Last year's last place finish in points (tied with D.C. United with 34) amongst the entire league was a new low for soccer in LA since the days of Chivas USA.

Ibrahimovic played all of 103 minutes in his five-game comeback at Manchester United.

"Finally I'm here and I'm excited, looking forward to play", he stated.

"I think it's very competitive, it's growing, it's growing fast, I see from when I was in Europe a lot of football from the MLS", he said. "It's all about team and he knows that, he's been part of successful teams and he knows what it takes to be able to compete, so it's just the first step".

Ibrahimovic said the injury had given him a different perspective on the game, and a greater appreciation as well. When I got my injury it was a new situation from top to bottom and I felt my body, I was laying in bed and couldn't move.

"After training I asked if I could go and shoot some balls".

Ibrahimovic joked that he was born old and hoped to die young and recalled that when he arrived in England he was also told he was arriving in a wheelchair.

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