Zlatan Ibrahimovic says it will “feel great” to make his Manchester United debut in his home country of Sweden and is keen to “give the fans what they want”.Ibrahimovic is set to turn out in United red for the first time when his new club play Galatasaray in a pre-season friendly in Gotherburg on Saturday night.
It will be the first public glimpse of the 34-year-old in action since he signed for the Red Devils following his release by Paris St-Germain in the summer.
And the player himself is looking forward to getting some game-time, having missed the warm-up match against Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai, which United lost 4-1.
“Everybody has been waiting for that moment. There has been a lot of talk and to make my debut in my country will feel great,” he told MUTV.
“I think the fans are waiting for me to come back and they are waiting to enjoy not only me, but the team as well. Hopefully, we can give them a good game and, at the same time, we are in the preparation.
“We need to keep focused, to build up the physical part and the conditioning part but we will give them what they want.”
Ibrahimovic trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Thursday and said: “They seem to be good guys, quality players, they train very hard and, during the training, are very focused. “The coach – he is direct, he is concrete, he says what he wants and the players are adapting. So there are only positive things.
“I believe in working hard. Not only in games but even in training. The way you train is the way you play in the games – that’s my philosophy. Working hard, training hard and feeling good. Then you need to get the rhythm by playing games.”