Zlatan Ibrahimovic gives Manchester United a reality check as the search for a new manager begins

Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed that he has enjoyed his time at Manchester United but that the club is too focused on their past.

Ibrahimovic arrived in Manchester on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016 and immediately made his presence felt in the Premier League.

In his two years at Old Trafford, United won the League Cup, in which he scored two goals in the final, and the Europa League, which he missed the final through injury and was the last trophy the club won.

While the Swedish striker spoke fondly of his time at United, he said there was too much emphasis on past glory and that he told his team-mates at the time that he was there to focus on the present and the future.

“I had a great experience in England,” Ibrahimovic told The Guardian. “Manchester United are a great club and we have won a few trophies [the League Cup and the Europa League].

“They talk too much about the past. When I went there, I said, ‘I’m here to focus on the present and make my own story.’ But if you have too much, it becomes a loop. You have to think about the present or you have to go to a hospital and clean your head.”

Ibrahimovic, now 40 years old, has adapted to the pace and physicality of the Premier League and said only the best succeed in England’s top flight.

He continues: “The quality is technically overestimated. But the Premier League has several qualities: the pace, the rhythm. You can be the best player in the world, but if you can’t handle that pace and rhythm [you won’t succeed].

“The technology is better in Spain, France and Italy. That’s why there are so many foreigners in the Premier League. They bring the technical [aspect].”

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