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Thursday 8 December 2016

Ibrahimovic waited for Mourinho before he would join United

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has claimed he turned down the Reds a year ago - because he wanted to work with Jose Mourinho again.

The Swede, who has been United's' top scorer this season, previously played under Mourinho for Inter Milan.

The pair won a Serie A title together in 2009 before Ibrahimovic moved to Barcelona in exchange for Samuel Eto'o and a reported £59 million.

Ibrahimovic went on to win titles for AC Milan and PSG before he got the call from Mourinho about a reunion at Old Trafford.

Correct

"There were talks about me coming to United one year ago, that is correct," he told the English media. "But I didn't believe in it then because it was not the right moment.

"Then they get the Special One and when the Special One calls you and when he starts to talk to you, you are already convinced. He didn't need to talk a lot to convince me.

"It was only enough to call me and say, 'Listen, I'm waiting for you in Manchester', and I was coming."

The 35-year-old credits Mourinho as one of his biggest influences and enjoyed his greatest season at Inter under the Portuguese.

Ibrahimovic feels that experience stands him in good stead in United's hunt to win silverware.

"I know what he wants, his demands and I know what he goes for," he explained. "He is a winner. I see myself as a winner also. I like to win. I'll do everything to win.

"He thinks the same thing. We won when we were younger and we will win when we are a little bit older. The more time we spend together, the more time we train together, the better we get.

"At the end, you see the guy who lifts the trophy - you don't remember the one game, you remember the trophy you lift."

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