‘Sir Alex Ferguson Did Not Want Zlatan Ibrahimovic At Manchester United’

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates with the trophy.

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Though Jose Mourinho spent close to £150 million in the summer transfer window, Manchester United’s best transfer of the summer remains the free signing of Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The 35-year old, who joined Old Trafford for his first ever season in England, is one of the most prolific goalscorers in the game and he managed to keep up his form even in England, scoring 26 goals already in all competitions, including the winner in the League Cup final against Southampton recently.

There were doubts about his ability to perform in England but Zlatan managed to shut all his critics up, standing as the top goal scorer for Manchester United this season.

With his performances this season, his fans are now claiming that he could have been the best in the PL had he moved to Old Trafford earlier in his career.

However, that was never going to happen, revealed Zlatan’s super agent Mino Raiola.

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Speaking to talkSPORT in a recent interview, Raiola revealed that not many managers in the past in the league were convinced that he could have a similar effect in the Premier League and that even Sir Alex Ferguson had similar doubts.

“Not at the level he wanted,” he said, when asked if Zlatan could have moved to the Premier League earlier in his career.

“For example, my big friend Sir Alex Ferguson never asked for him,” he added.

He went on to reveal that a number of clubs who had an eye on him were not sure that he could help them in a new league and also that he was surprised by teams who felt so.

“There were a lot of reservations from English clubs about whether he could succeed in England, and I was always a little bit stunned by that question and by those doubts,” Raiola added.

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Raiola also heaped a lot of praise on his client and said, “I never had a minute of doubt that he could, but I think a lot of people around England had these doubts.

“In England pace is so important, maybe one of the most important attributes in the Premier League is the pace. I don’t know if they doubted him in the pace or the quality, but it’s a question you should ask others, not me.”

Now standing as one of the most influential players in the Premier League, Zlatan, has surely shown his critics what he is capable of.

Do you think Zlatan would have been as successful if he joined Manchester United a few years earlier?


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