Football: Ibrahimovic says he's like 'Indiana Jones'

 Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action with St Etienne's Kevin Malcuit.
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action with St Etienne's Kevin Malcuit.PHOTO: REUTERS

Manchester, United Kingdom (AFP) - Zlatan Ibrahimovic compared himself to the action movie hero Indiana Jones after scoring his first hat-trick for Manchester United.

Just as fictional archaeologist Jones, played in a series of Hollywood movies by screen star Harrison Ford, usually returns from his adventures with a trophy, so too has the career of the much-travelled Ibrahimovic yielded plenty of silverware.

Ibrahimovic scored all of United's goals in their 3-0 win at home to Ligue 1 club St-Etienne in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 clash on Thursday.

That took the 35-year-old Swede's tally for United to an impressive 23 goals in all competitions since his pre-season arrival at Old Trafford.

United are now favourites to win the Europa League as well as next week's English League Cup final against Premier League rivals Southampton at Wembley.

Ibrahimovic, who has already won the Community Shield since joining United, said after Thursday's match: "Every trophy for me is incredible, 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," added Ibrahimovic, who has played for and won trophies at AC Milan, Ajax, Barcelona, Inter, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.