Zlatan Ibrahimovic Celebrates Comedy Goal Like It's An Absolute Screamer

Swede is doing the unthinkable: making Man United likeable again

By any reasonable measure, Zlatan Ibrahimovic's much-hyped debut season in the Premier League has been a giant, pony-tailed success.

The decrepit age of 35 the Swede has already scored 23 goals in all competitions – more than any other top-flight footballwe in England, and three clear of Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez.

But far more important than that, in our humble opinion, he's brought a level of swagger back to Manchester United that hasn't been seen since Eric Cantona flounced out of Old Trafford to make art house movies.

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Case in point: Zlatan's casual hat trick against St Etienne in the Europa League last night, and specifically his opener.

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After winning a free-kick on the outside of the penalty area, the forward took a weak shot that somehow, through a series of comical, serendipitous deflections, bumbled into the goal with the pace and purpose of a 3am drunk falling into a Chicken Cottage.

His reaction? To throw a messiah pose like he'd just executed an over-head lob in mid-air from 50 yards out (which of course he has before).

In short: utter brilliance on every level.

Through a combination of a few humbling years of underachievement and the Zlat's personality, the unthinkable is happening: the most hate-able club in the world is becoming quite likeable.