Zlatan Ibrahimovic revealed Paul Pogba and the rest of the Manchester United squad helped him feel like he was “Benjamin Button”
The Swedish striker arrived at Old Trafford in 2016 on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain and on the verge of becoming 35 years old.
Ibrahimovic’s move to United at that stage of his career naturally led to questions being raised over the kind of impact he could have.
But the Swede quickly set about proving doubters wrong by netting 28 goals in 48 appearances for his debut campaign.
Now the LA Galaxy star has discussed his time at United and the relationship he struck up with the team.
“I miss all of them. I had a fantastic time at United,” Ibrahimovic told BBC.
“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.”
He added: “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.”
The one and only left United in February this year for Galaxy after struggling to regain full fitness from a long-term knee injury.