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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a lion

You thought the Manchester United striker was a mere human? Silly you.

Manchester United v Southampton - EFL Cup Final Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Extremely important post-League Cup victory news: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored United's opening and winning goals and ended up with the man of the match award, is a lion.

I’m an animal. I feel like a lion. I don’t want to be a lion, I am a lion.

Pressed for an explanation, he expanded.

The lion is born a lion — it means I’m 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.

Well, we're not going to argue with him ...

... except, we've always thought that lions just sat around in the sunshine all day tending to their manes and letting the lionesses do all the hunting.

King of the jungle they may be, but when was the last time you saw a lion make two defensive headers, then get up for the counter-attack, then win the game, all after 80 minutes? Exactly.