Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he is “like Indiana Jones,” succeeding wherever he goes.
Ibrahimovic, 35, took his goal tally to 23 in all competitions on Thursday as he netted a hat trick in a 3-0 Europa League round-of-32 first-leg victory over St Etienne.
United are favourites to win the competition with the bookmakers, just as they are for the upcoming EFL Cup final against Southampton, and the former Malmo, Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain striker is determined to win more silverware.
Ibrahimovic has already won the Community Shield since joining United, and he compared his history of success to fictional archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones.
“Every trophy for me is incredible,” he said. “Everywhere I came I won so if I can win something here I will be super happy.
“People that know me know that I play in many clubs and I try to do my best.
“Wherever I went I won, so I am like Indiana Jones.”
Thursday’s hat trick was the 17th of his career and took his goal tally against St Etienne alone to 17.
“It feels good,” Ibrahimovic said. “I got a lot of help from my teammates. We played an open game today and it was important to get a good result so we can take it into the second leg.
“We won 3-0 and I got to score the three goals so I am happy for that. We have still many games to play so hopefully I can continue like I am doing.
“I’ve scored a couple of goals against them. I don’t focus on specific opponents — I just try to do my job, try to do what I am good at.”
Put to Ibrahimovic that a clean sheet was important, the former Sweden international said: “Exactly. A good result because I know how difficult it is to play over there.
“They have a fantastic crowd, fantastic support, and the stadium is very nice, so the guys will see it when we go there. It was important today to get a good result.
“It is a good team. They always make it difficult for every team they play against and when I was at PSG the same thing. They did good.
“I think a couple of players are new, a couple of players left, but it is a good team.”