Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a man for the occasion and came up trumps once again by scoring the Premier League’s 25,000th goal.
Ibrahimovic got himself out of a slump in form and into the history books once again when he grabbed the milestone strike with his first goal against Swansea.
When asked after the match if he was aware of his accomplishment, ‘Ibra’ said: ‘Ah, no I wasn’t. I thought it was only me who had scored 25,000…”
PREMIER LEAGUE MILESTONE GOALS
1st: BRIAN DEANE, SHEFFIELD UNITED v Manchester United, 1992
100th: ERIC CANTONA, LEEDS v Tottenham, 1992
1,000th: MIKE NEWELL, Nottingham Forest v BLACKBURN, 1993
4,999th/5,000th: ANDY TOWNSEND, Southampton v ASTON VILLA & CHRIS SUTTON, Leicester v BLACKBURN, 1996*
10,000th: LES FERDINAND, TOTTENHAM v Fulham, 2001
20,000th: MARC ALBRIGHTON, ASTON VILLA v Arsenal, 2011
25,000th: ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC, Swansea v MANCHESTER UNITED, 2016
* Townsend and Sutton were credited with scoring at the same time on December 7, 1996.
The former PSG forward’s rifled effort from the edge of the area gave United full control in south Wales and he doubled his tally for the afternoon before half-time, wrapping up the points for Jose Mourinho’s men in the process.
The league was eight goals shy of its 25,000th goal before the start of play on Sunday but strikes at the Emirates, the KCOM and Anfield teed up the Swede, who will now go down in English football history even if his spell at Old Trafford finishes without silverware.
Ibrahimovic’s largely positive day did end with a blot on the copybook, however. The 35-year-old received a caution as United coasted to victory and will now miss United’s huge clash against Arsenal after the international break.
The first goal of the Premier League era was actually scored against Manchester United. Brian Deane kicked off the Premier League era with a goal against what would become the most dominant force in the top flight for Sheffield United.
The 100th goal of the Premier League was scored by a United legend, though he was not wearing the colours of the Red Devils. Eric Cantona’s close range effort for Leeds against Tottenham rounded up a century of goals.
Mike Newell netted the 1,000th goal for Nottingham Forest against Blackburn in 1993, while Chris Sutton was eventually credited with the 5,000th in 1996.
Andy Townsend and Sutton were deemed to have scored at the exact same time on December 7 1996, but the acclaim eventually went in the former Blackburn forward’s favour.
Les Ferdinand plundered the 10,000th goal of the Premier League against Tottenham for Fulham in 2001. 10 years later, then Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton scored the 20,000th against Arsenal at Villa Park.