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Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic: I am an animal, a lion

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said he "feels like a lion" after inspiring Manchester United to their EFL Cup final triumph over Southampton on Sunday.

Ibrahimovic, 35, scored twice, with the decisive goal coming three minutes from time, as Jose Mourinho's men lifted the trophy at Wembley.

The Swede, United's leading scorer with 26 goals this season, has made more appearances than any other member of Jose Mourinho's squad, having played in 38 games so far.

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And with United pursuing further silverware in the FA Cup and Europa League, as well as chasing a top-four Premier League finish, Ibrahimovic said: "I feel fresh. I feel good. I feel like an animal.

"I'm an animal. I feel like a lion. The lion is born a lion.

"I feel in good shape. I train hard. People who know me from the locker room know that I train very hard.

"I have an objective every season I go into and to reach that objective I need to train hard and I need to suffer when I train. That is how I achieve what I achieve.

Two-goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates with the EFL Cup.

"I'm from the old school where they work hard and get what they get from doing the hard work -- not like the new school, where it is easy to get what you want."

Despite speculation that he could consider a move to China or United States once his career in Europe is over, Ibrahimovic said: "I will stop on top.

"I will not play one game by being Ibrahimovic and for what I did before. If I don't perform, if I don't bring results, I will not play.

"I will not be like other players, playing because they make a great career and name and they are still playing because they are who they are.

"I will play as long as I can bring results."

Mark Ogden is a senior football writer for ESPN FC. Follow him @MarkOgden_


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