Former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s immense winning mentality will ensure that he succeeds under Jose Mourinho.
The Swede, who arrived at Old Trafford in July, has netted eight goals for Man United so far this season.
Both present and past United players have hailed the 35-year-old’s influence on and off the pitch, with former winger Jesper Blomqvist and current winger Jesse Lingard lauding Zlatan’s seismic impact at Old Trafford.
Beckham, who played alongside Ibrahimovic at Paris Saint Germain, showered praise on the Swede for his supreme winning mentality.
“His physique, his passion, his love for the game, hasn’t changed,” he said.
“He’s still one of the greatest players that has ever played the game – one of the reasons why I’m happy he is now playing at Manchester United, my team. Thanks for that, Zlatan.
“For me, Zlatan is a player who has class, always wants to win, and he proved that when I moved to PSG.
“He was one of those players that it doesn’t matter whether we were playing an important match in the French league, or on the training field, he wanted to win.
“If he wasn’t winning, he was like one of my children. He would get upset, he would get angry, he would lose it. Not that my kids lose it, but Zlatan does. For me he is a winner.”
Zlatan, since making his senior debut in 1999, has only known how to win. He has won trophies with Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG, scoring goals on an astonishingly regular basis throughout his career.
Bringing in a man with such pedigree, with such a bloodlust for winning, can only reap benefits. Zlatan’s presence demands attention. You can spot his menacing walk from a mile away. And United fans will hope that the Swede’s indomitable attitude can act as an emblem for their side’s overall attitude under Jose Mourinho this season.