Wednesday 28 September 2016

Jose Mourinho's three word description of Zlatan reveals an interesting side to his 'arrogance'

Samuel Lovett

Published 14/07/2016 | 16:42

Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish midfielder Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaks with Chelsea's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho (R) at the end of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on February 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish midfielder Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaks with Chelsea's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho (R) at the end of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on February 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho has summed up Manchester United's new-signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic in just three words: "goalscorer, winner and funny."

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The Portuguese boss had leapt to Ibrahimovic's defence to dismiss claims against the player’s arrogance.

After enjoying a stint together at Inter Milan back in the 2009/10 season, the pair have been reunited at Old Trafford as Mourinho looks to transform the United outfit into a Premier League-winning side.

The 34-year-old Swede moved to United on a free transfer after playing for some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Juventus, Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.

Throughout his time, the former Sweden international has acquired a reputation for his arrogance and egotistical demeanour. After announcing his departure from Paris Saint-Germain two months ago, the player quipped: “I came like a king, left like a legend.”

But Mourinho has dismissed this portrayal in an interview he gave to Adidias Front Row.

“Zlatan, three words - he’s a winner, he’s a goalscorer and he’s funny - he’s a funny guy,” he said.

“You need to understand him. He’s a funny guy and if you don’t know him, maybe you think with some quotes he’s a bit arrogant.

“But he’s just a funny guy. So, I would just say that. Funny, winner and goalscorer. I was so happy to get him, and obviously, he’s happy to work for me now.”

Ibrahimovic scored 113 goals from 122 appearances for PSG and Mourinho is confident he knows what it takes to get the best out of the striker.

The manager has handed the Swede an extended break, however, as the player recovers from Euro 2016. This means Zlatan won’t be joining United on their pre-season tour to China which gets underway next week.

(© Independent News Service)

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