Marcus Rashford has told his Manchester United team-mates to make the most of Zlatan Ibrahimovic while they can and learn from his vast experience.
Playing and training with the charismatic striker has proved invaluable for the young United players so far, according to Rashford.
Ibrahimovic, who joined on a free transfer in July, has had a flying start to his Old Trafford career and, with 14 Premier League goals, the 35-year-old is the joint-top scorer, along with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Chelsea’s Diego Costa.
‘For the young players to see his character and the way he approaches every game is invaluable. Some players can’t bring that when they move clubs,’ said Rashford.
‘We have to try to learn from him while he is here and take what we can from his game.’
The 19-year-old England striker also praised the influence of captain Wayne Rooney.
‘Zlatan and Rooney are the two that stand out. I grew up watching Rooney play week in, week out at Old Trafford, so those are the two that you look at and try to emulate,’ he added.
United are sixth in the league, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea after 21 games, and they travel to face ninth-placed Stoke City on Saturday.
Ibrahimovic is leading the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot alongside Chelsea’s Diego Costa and Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal – all have 14 goals so far.
But the former Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG striker insisted that he cares more for team prizes than individual awards.
‘If I can continue to score more goals and help my team then of course I will do it, but I prefer to win the Premier League and the collective trophies than the individual trophies,’ said Ibrahimovic after his latest strike, the equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.
‘Seeing me winning something and not my team-mates isn’t the way I want to have it. I prefer to see my team-mates winning trophies and the individual trophies will follow. That is a second objective, not my main target.
‘I am scoring goals, but if we could be first in the Premier League and I have five goals, the media will be attacking me and saying he cannot do it in Premier League, but I would prefer to have it this way as it’s all about winning as a team. Everybody will talk about what they want. I am here to win.’