Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a special relationship with Jose Mourinho with the Swedish striker saying he was “willing to die” for the new Manchester United Manager.
The 34-year-old striker is expected to sign with Man United on a one-year deal in the coming days and he has previously spoken before about his close bond with the Portuguese manager.
Zlatan is that man and according to his autobiography, he is the kind of person who respects what Mourinho does and can become a leader in the United changing room:
He said: “Jose Mourinho is a big star. He’d been my manager at Inter. He’s nice. The first time he met my partner Helena, he whispered to her: ‘Helena, you have only one mission: feed Zlatan, let him sleep, keep him happy.’
“That guy says whatever he wants. I like him. He’s the leader of his army. But he cares, too. He would text me all the time at Inter, wondering how I was doing. He’s the exact opposite of Pep Guardiola.
“If Mourinho lights up a room, Guardiola draws the curtains. I guessed that Guardiola was trying to match up to him. Mourinho would become a guy I was basically willing to die for.”
Mourinho took charge of the club just last week and appears keen to bring in a world class striker at a position of need for the club. United struggled last year in front of goal and are missing a the type of traditional number nine that Mourinho likes to play with.
Another big signing in Manchester this summer has been that of Guardiola. The former Bayern man managed Ibrahimovic at Barcelona but the two never eye to eye and the relationship ended when he was sold to AC Milan in 2011. Now, they are set to lock horns against each other in the Premier League.
With that sort of relationship between Mourinho and Ibrahimovic, it’s exciting to think what Jose can do with motivating all of United’s other players as well as new signings. Bring on next season.