Wayne Rooney
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hailed Wayne Rooney ahead of his testimonialGetty Images

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic considers Wayne Rooney his "perfect partner". The 34-year-old Swede joined the Red Devils on a free transfer earlier this summer and has revealed he is relishing the prospect of working with the club captain.

The outspoken striker has previously spoken of his admiration of Rooney, saying he appreciates his selfless approach to the game. "I think every big player can work with other big players," he told United's in-house TV station MUTV.

"That's not a problem. We are 11 players, not two players on the pitch. It's up to the coach what he wants but, with him, I see no problems. Only success," United's new number nine explained.

"I said many years ago the perfect partner for a striker is Wayne Rooney. He works not only for himself but for the striker and the whole team. I'm absolutely happy to be one of the guys beside him."

Rooney's 12-year career at Old Trafford is being marked this evening (3 August) in his testimonial match against Everton. Ahead of the game, Ibrahimovic has admitted being impressed by Rooney's longevity.

"I think he's had a fantastic career," the striker said of his new teammate. "He's been here a long time, I think he came when he was 18 and, like you said, it's 12 years. It's not easy to be at top clubs for so many years. Players come and go. Top players are coming and going but he is still staying.

"He has performed at the top every year. I think he is a perfect example for young players to look at and take after. He's been playing such a long time for a top club and giving results year after year. Not everybody can succeed with that but he is one of them. I'm very happy I'm in his team and will do my best to help him win."