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Ibrahimović is still a leader says Pogba

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The 35-year-old remains a major influence at Old Trafford, despite not being engaged with the club officially.

Zlatan Ibrahimović continues to have an impact at Manchester United says Paul Pogba. Even though Ibrahimović has no contract with Manchester United, he is still recovering at the club’s training complex from a knee injury he suffered in April.

Speaking to reporters ahead of Manchester United’s game with Barcelona for the International Champions Cup on Wednesday, Pogba said to Goal:

“Obviously Zlatan is a leader, always a big leader, and he’s a big leader because he’s still in the team,” said the midfielder. “Even when he’s not playing, he’s a leader outside of the pitch.”

“I’ve been playing for one season,” he said. “I came here to hopefully be a leader in the team and that’s not the objective but that’s how you should be.

“I’ve been here, we won, and you want to grow up as a player and a leader as well. I can learn from him [Ibrahimovic], from Carras [Carrick], and all the other players and become a leader.”

When asked about how he transitioned from The Old Lady to the Red Devils, Pogba said:

“It was a big challenge.

“I knew I wouldn’t play in the Champions League. I thought to myself: ‘I want Manchester United to be the Manchester United as they were back in the day’, and we are on the way.

“We won three trophies last season, so I hope that we are going to continue that way and improve.”