Zlatan Ibrahimovic Reveals Why He Actually Joined Manchester United

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has finally revealed why he chose to join Manchester United amongst all the interested parties.

The Swede signed with the Old Trafford outfit for free last summer, after completing his contract with with Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain. And since his arrival in England, the 35-year-old has been on fire, having already bagged 26 goals in all competitions so far this season.

The Red Devils’ star striker was recently a part of an interview with his former manager Fabio Capello on FOX Sports Italia, where he revealed that the main reason behind him joining Manchester United was that he still had a thing or two to prove to his critics.

Zlatan revealed (via ESPN): “It’s a challenge. A challenge to change the history of a club which already has a great history. In order to raise my level a little, I had to come to England and show to everyone who I am. It’s a different challenge that I like because I’m assuming even more responsibility. If I can win in a situation like this, it means I’ve done my job well.

“Plus I already knew Mourinho and what he wants. He motivates you, he tells you things to your face if you’re not doing well and must give more. He works you so that when you are on the pitch, you give 200 percent, and this is what I needed at my age. I train every day and Mourinho has given me a fantastic programme. I like training.”

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The former Swedish NT captain further added: “I could’ve gone to China and put my feet up, but I need a challenge that will motivate me. If you can’t keep up with a certain rhythm here, then it’s hard. This league attracts a lot of attention, but it’s beautiful because there are always lots of fans.

“You can be leading 3-0 and then concede a goal and the atmosphere can change everything. There isn’t one dominant club here, like Juventus in Italy, PSG in France, Bayern Munich in Germany or Barcelona in Spain. Here it is the team who make the fewest mistakes who win.”

Lastly, Zlatan spoke about his future with the Red Devils, and claimed: “Next year? The situation is I’ve signed here for a year with an option for another year. I don’t have many years left as a footballer and I want to enjoy myself, I want to make the difference. I want to quit while I’m at the top too. I don’t know what will happen. If I can still make a difference, it’s down to my teammates.”


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