Ibrahimovic reveals what makes Mourinho the “Special One”

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NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United and Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United make their way out of the tunnel during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Northampton Town and Manchester United at Sixfields on September 21, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed what makes him certain that Jose Mourinho will turn things around at Manchester United

The Swedish superstar enjoyed great success under Mourinho at both United and Inter Milan by scoring a total of 58 goals in 100 games, along with winning major honours like the Europa League and Serie A.

Due to this, Ibrahimovic is well-versed in the way Mourinho works and believes that the United boss’ status as the “Special One” remains intact.

The one and only, who has had major bust-ups with the likes of Pep Guardiola in the past, also discussed the moment he knew he would give 200% to Mourinho.

“Why is Mourinho so special? First of all because he’s a winner – he has this winner mentality. He does everything to win,” Ibrahimovic told BetHard.

“He knows the game. He reads the game well. He manipulates, not the game, but the minds of his own players.

“I remember when he came first time in Inter, he made everybody give 200 per cent – but not for the team, not for the club, for him.

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“And that for me makes him very special, because when he came out on the big stage he was something different.

“He was not that classical coach. I remember I had [Fabio] Capello. Capello was hard, was discipline, respected. Mourinho brought that but at the same time brought something else: character.

“He had a different character, this way of expressing himself.”

Ibrahimovic also dismissed claims of arrogance from both himself and Mourinho as ignorance.

“He was confident, not arrogant, because people say ‘arrogance’, I have the same thing, people say I’m arrogant, but I don’t call it arrogant, I call it confident,” said Ibrahimovic.

“Because when you are confident, it means you are not powerful, but you are pretty sure for who you are.

“That is not arrogance, it is different. Ignorant call it arrogant, the intelligent call it confident.”


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