Friday 28 October 2016

'Get Paul Pogba to Man United or I'll break your legs' - Zlatan Ibrahimovic joked to agent

Published 26/09/2016 | 14:34

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (right) with teammate Paul Pogba
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (right) with teammate Paul Pogba

Zlatan Ibrahimovic jokingly told his agent he would "break his legs" if he allowed fellow client Paul Pogba to move anywhere other than Manchester United.

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Mino Raiola, who represents both players, as well as Henrikh Mkhitaryan, oversaw the deals which took all three to United this summer.

Pogba's protracted world record transfer took time to get over the line amid reported interest from Real Madrid but once he had completed his own move to Old Trafford, Ibrahimovic gave Raiola a nudge to ensure Pogba followed him.

"Zlatan told me, 'Do not transfer Pogba elsewhere or I will break your legs," Raiola told

Pogba has taken time to settle since returning to United but produced a much improved display against Leicester on Saturday, getting on the scoresheet in a 4-1 victory.

Prior to that game, Raiola made known his feelings that Jose Mourinho had not been playing Pogba in his favourite position - on the left-hand side of an attacking trio.

"Pogba still has to find his place in the team," said Raiola.

"My preferred position for him is left attacking midfielder. With his power, stamina and technique... Pogba would be unplayable in that role. But Mourinho takes the decisions."

The win against Leicester came on the back of an EFL Cup victory at Northampton, but before that United had suffered three successive defeats.

Juan Mata, also among the goalscorers against the Foxes, was pleased to see the team react and believes it sets United up nicely for this week's matches against Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League and Stoke in the Premier League heading into the international break.

"After a week that had been complicated, two wins - in the EFL Cup and against Leicester- are the best proof of the team's reaction. This game is exactly what we needed," wrote the Spaniard in his blog.

"We are looking forward to having two good games at home this week and making the fans enjoy as they did last Saturday. It would allow us to go to the international break with very good feelings."

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