Zlatan Ibrahimovic made a sensation entry to English football by announcing himself at Manchester United. The Swedish International scored 28 goals in his debut season, two of which came against Southampton in the League Cup Final.
But the 37-year old suffered a horrible knee injury in the Europa League quarter-final clash against Anderlecht, which ended his debut season early.
At the start of next season, Manchester United announced that the striker will remain at Old Trafford and take the no.10 jersey vacated by Wayne Rooney. But the Swede’s rehab lasted till November, and he had lost his touch by then.
Zlatan scored only 1 goal in 7 appearances after returning for the Reds, and subsequently requested to leave on a free transfer. He decided to make the move to the United States, and joined LA Galaxy.
In his recent book “I AM FOOTBALL”, the veteran striker revealed some key details about his Old Trafford exit. Zlatan was confident to take the Premier League by surprise, but it didn’t go according to plan.
“When we decided to spend another year in United, I thought I would not disappoint,” reveals Ibrahimovic. “Everything looked good with my knee and it did not seem like I would need as much rehab as we first thought.”
In a conversation with Mourinho, the Swede made it clear that the injury is taking a toll on him and he won’t be able to give his best. Eventually, the shame of poor performances for a manager who made his career forced him to leave Old Trafford.
“If you want me to play, I’m playing, but I do not want to disappoint you. I cannot give you what I can usually give you,” is what the decorated forward told the Portuguese manager, before deciding to depart from the Theatre of Dreams.