Zlatan on his ‘click’ with Pogba and Benjamin Button

Date published: Thursday 22nd November 2018 11:15 - Joe Williams

Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims his former Manchester United team-mates made him “feel like Benjamin Button” during his time at the club.

The Swede signed for United in the summer of 2016 as a free agent, scoring 28 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions before it was announced that he would be leaving the club.

Despite his injury issues, Ibrahimovic actually signed a new one-year deal at United in August 2017, however after only playing seven matches by March 2018, he agreed to terminate his contract and move to LA Galaxy.

In a wide-ranging interview on the BBC Sport podcast Football Daily, Ibrahimovic beamed when talking about his time at Old Trafford, in particular his relationships with all the players, including Paul Pogba.

“I miss all of them,” told the BBC. “I had a fantastic time at United. Wazza [Wayne Rooney], Michael Carrick, then the young guys that wanted to show the world who they are by playing football and they had a lot of hunger to show. I had a good time because I got to know everyone, I was the mature guy with all these guys who were not mature.

“Paul Pogba, I had never played with him before and I didn’t know him as a person. We have the same management and when I got to know him I got to find a fantastic person and a fantastic footballer, but someone who needs to be guided.

“He is a professional guy that works every game and never misses training or a game. Those are all the things that people do not see, you only get judged by what you can see on television or the 90 minutes in the stadium, that’s where you have to perform.

“When you click with someone it just clicks. The connection on the field was amazing, we helped each other very well, I needed him and he needed me. The first year at United we had a fantastic year.

“They made me feel like Benjamin Button. I was getting younger and younger, then unfortunately I got my injury.

“The Premier League should be happy I did not come 10 years ago because it would’ve been a different story. You see all my numbers [of goals] and all of these numbers would’ve been in the Premier League. I came to the right club in United. It was the club and the shirt that I was supposed to shine in and I did it.”

 

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