As we all know, over the summer Manchester United completed one of the biggest free transfers in football history. Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined the Red Devils, after his Paris Saint-Germain contract wound down to it’s end. Already, the 35-year-old has had a brilliant impact on the club.
The influential Swede has found the back of the net a supremely impressive 26 times, but it’s not only that which has made him so good. He’s become a new leader for this team, and all of the other squad members seem to love playing with Zlatan.
However, one of Ibrahimovic’s former teammates clearly doesn’t feel that way, Anders Svensson, now 40, used to be a colleague of Zlatan’s whilst playing for Sweden. Svensson has labelled our talisman a ‘complete idiot’ at times.
“He can be as nice as anything one moment and then the next be a complete idiot,” he told Swedish publication Vetland Posten, translated by Goal.
“Occasionally he behaved so badly with some players that you wondered what actually happened.”
“I think he wants to test new players. It’s like he wants to break them down to see what they can do.”
“It might be how he himself became so good, but I cannot say I believe in that model.”
“There has never been anything between him and me. I think he always had respect for those of us who were a little older.”
I guess that Ibra has always had this persona of being a bad guy, but so far, we’ve not really seen that at Manchester United. If anything, he’s been the complete opposite. I’d say he’s further boosted morale within the dressing room, and credit to him.
The younger players in this club will be thrilled to be learning from someone like Zlatan. Perhaps this clash with Svensson happened when Ibrahimovic was younger and a bit more naive. Now, you just get the impression that he’s matured. It’s also no coincidence that his on-field performances has gotten better as he’s gotten older.