Zlatan Ibrahimovic has only trained with Manchester United for a few days, but David De Gea believes the striker has already made a positive impact on Jose Mourinho’s players.
Ibra missed the Reds’ pre-season trip to China while he enjoyed an extended holiday after playing at Euro 2016 in France. As such, he only met his new team-mates this week and was picture training with the squad for the first time on Thursday ahead of the match against Galatasaray in Gothenburg.
Speaking exclusively to MUTV ahead of Saturday’s 18:30 BST kick-off at Ullevi Stadium, De Gea welcomed the striker’s arrival and outlined his belief that it has boosted everyone at the club.
“It’s really good to have Zlatan already here, training with the team,” David explained to us. “You can see he’s a top player, he’s massive, very big, with a lot of quality and of course he is a top striker.
“I think he will settle in very quickly. You can look and it seems like he has been playing here many years already and the same with the other guys we’ve signed [Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan]. They are playing really well, their training has been top and I think that we have signed really good players.”
Asked specifically if Zlatan and Mourinho’s two other signings have provided a boost, De Gea said: “Yeah that gives us more energy when you see players like them coming to Manchester and now we have to train all together, trying to be fit as soon as possible and now we’re going to play the first game against Leicester City with the Community Shield up for grabs.”
In the same interview, De Gea admits the training has been “tough” so far but happily states that he feels ready to make his first appearance of the Mourinho era. “Yeah I’ve trained for 10 or 11 days and of course you feel a bit tired in your legs, your body, but of course I’m ready to play,” he said.