Zlatan Ibrahimovic has opened up about his friendship with Paul Pogba, labelling the Frenchman as a very special player.
The two have struck up an excellent bond off the pitch, personified most evidently by their hilarious post-match interview together following Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Southampton.
In an interview with 7DAYS, Ibrahimovic reflected on his relationship with the 23-year-old.
After being asked about Pogba’s move to Old Trafford, the Swede responded: “I am sure he just wanted to follow me!”
“I am just kidding, he is funny guy and a good friend off the field, and on it you can see how special he is.
“He is a big player, and I know under Mourinho he can become complete.”
The bromance between Pogba and Zlatan threatens to eclipse the long-standing Spanish bond between Juan Mata and David de Gea, which takes some doing. Since arriving at the club, Pogba has been seen joking around with the Swede, even pulling out a textbook impression of the 34-year-old during an interview with Thierry Henry.
More importantly, such a strong relationship is invaluable when it comes to building chemistry on the pitch. A feature of every Jose Mourinho side is, aside from a serial winning mentality, an unbreakable bond between players, a collective understanding reflected in sturdy, ruthless performances on the pitch – and such a feature is personified most clearly by Pogba and Zlatan.