Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has declared himself and manager Jose Mourinho as “winners” and reckons defeats can always be used as lessons to improve.
Ibrahimovic moved to Old Trafford from PSG on a free transfer in the summer and scored United’s only goal in their 2-1 derby day defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.
Despite the disappointing result, the Swede says that he always learns from losses and has revealed that Jose Mourinho has a very similar mentality following their time together at Inter Milan.
“I know what he wants, I know his demands. He’s a winner and I see myself as a winner also; I do anything to win. And we won. He won when he was younger and I won when I was younger and we will win when we are a little bit older. Not old, but a little bit older!” he told United’s official website.
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“He is direct with everyone. He is not someone who goes behind your back. I prefer that instead of someone who doesn’t say anything to you. He does what he needs to do to win. Just like me as a player. I don’t accept to lose. When I lose, I learn and I will not lose, I will win.”
Ibrahimovic has been compared with United icon Eric Cantona but the 34-year-old striker doesn’t think it’s “fair” to draw similarities between the pair.
“Every player makes his own story. To compare another story would not be fair,” added Ibrahimovic.
“For me, though, the talk about me and his story I take as a compliment. He did a fantastic story and it will remain in the history books and the supporters’ hearts probably forever. So I take it as a compliment.”