Ex-Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has claimed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could prove to be a real leader in Jose Mourinho’s dressing room this season.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return to Manchester United has been welcomed very well by the fans, the players, and even ex-players. And now, the Red Devils’ legendary defender, Rio Ferdinand, has expressed his excitement about Zlatan.
While talking to BT Sport, Ferdinand said: “I think he’ll be important for the Rashfords, the Martials, the Lukakus.”
The Pundit continued: “They haven’t got a title between them. He’s got more than anyone in this squad and I think moments in January, February, when they’re sticky periods in the season and people are getting tired, you’ve got someone like this to come in, to really come in to big situations and take control, be calm enough, understand the situation and guide these young players through.”
Ferdinand clearly feels that Zlatan has that charisma that can rub off of him onto the younger players and the team. The former English defender then explained how he was helped by senior players when he came at Manchester United.
Rio said: “My first season at Man United I had never won a trophy. You get to about January time, just after the New Year and ‘what do we do now? I’m looking to Roy Keane, to Gary Neville, to Ryan Giggs for the experience, the guidance, of how we approach certain games.”
Written by Shorya Panwar
Has 20+ years of experience managing Schalke in Football Manager 2017. Believes wing-backs are the most complete footballers in the modern/evolved football. Writes weird stuff on his personal blog.