The past few seasons have seen Serie A develop the reputation of being a safe haven for Premier League players who have lost their way.
The likes of Alexis Sanchez, Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku have grasped the fresh opportunity to rediscover what they had been missing in England’s top flight, turning out great performances with consistency for their new clubs.
But after six league games, it is safe to say that Italy’s top division should now be viewed as a veterans’ playground, with two other former Manchester United stars lighting up Serie A.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo appear unstoppable in Italy. The Swede leads the race for the Capocannoniere award having netted a remarkable 10 goals in six league games.
The 39-year-old’s return to European football late last year was met with surprise among fans and pundits.
Given the former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain star’s age, what possible use would he be to Stefano Pioli’s Milan?
Yet Ibrahimovic has proved once more that you rule him out to your peril.’I’m like Benjamin Button, I was born old and I die young,’ he once famously quipped.
If his performances in this opening stanza are anything to go by, he will take some stopping these season.
Against a confident Napoli side, with one of Europe’s best central defenders in Kalidou Koulibaly on show, Ibrahimovic rolled back the years with a sublime performance for Pioli’s side at the San Paolo.
Milan’s talisman scored his first with a wonderful header from a deep cross that left Alex Meret with no chance between the sticks. His second, a tap in with the thigh just after half time, was a typical poacher’s effort.
In this sort of form, it would seem implausible for any of his rivals to keep up with him. Unless, of course, you are Cristiano Ronaldo.
It is becoming increasingly apparent how much this Juventus side lean on their 35-year-old superstar. New boss Andrea Pirlo has often lauded his striker’s contributions, but Ronaldo’s performances for the Old Lady speak for themselves.
The latest of which, against Cagliari, showcased just why the Portuguese supremo is in a league of his own.