Friday 23 June 2017

Watch: 'I don't even remember them when they were playing' - Zlatan Ibrahimovic hits out at critics in engaging interview

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has made a big impression at Manchester United, but his lavish contract is setting tongues wagging
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has made a big impression at Manchester United, but his lavish contract is setting tongues wagging

Harry Clarke

In-form Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hit out at critics who questioned whether he would be a success in the Premier League.

The Manchester United striker has scored 13 goals in 19 appearances for United so far this season as Jose Mourinho's men push for a place among the title chasers.

The Swede was interviewed by Sky Sports' Thierry Henry - with a brief interruption from Paul Pogba - ahead of the crucial clash against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The affable and self-confident Ibrahimovic was full of wit and engaging humour as the trio sat down but also adopted a more serious tone to have a go at pundits who, he says, "he doesn't even remember from their playing days".

"I have no problem (with the criticism) because I went through this my whole career, this is something that triggers me, gives me energy," Pogba told Sky Sports.

"People talking about me, saying: 'You're dead, you're this, that', ex-players talking, and I don't even remember them when they were playing. But one thing for sure is they will remember me for the rest of their lives.

"After many years of talks like: 'He can never make it in the Premier League, he can never make it there', I had my little adventure going around different countries, and when they felt it was most difficult for me, I chose to come.

"Let's say a person in my position would take the easiest way, go abroad, make money in China, or the other side and settle down with the career he had, I choose not, I took the challenge, accepted the challenge, and that's what I chose.

"That's why I chose United also, in a situation where they struggled for the last four or five years, and if I can finish the task to bring them to the top, I will be more than happy.

"I don't like the easy task, the easy job, the easy objectives, I always had it hard whenever I went. I needed to do much more than the other ones, and that's how I see it here, at the age of 35, people said it would be impossible but I am doing what I am able to do."

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