Football: Zlatan Ibrahimovic chose Manchester United because he and Jose Mourinho are both 'winners'

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he is "super excited, super, super happy" to have joined Manchester United. Photo / Getty Images.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he is "super excited, super, super happy" to have joined Manchester United. Photo / Getty Images.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted that Jose Mourinho made it very easy for him to join Manchester United.

In his first interview since signing a one-year contract at Old Trafford on Friday, Ibrahimovic has spoken of his move to United.

Speaking to MUTV, United's official TV channel, he said: "I think my decision was pretty easy. It was more to make it possible, everything. I compare it with the Mayweather and Pacquiao fight - they said it would never happen but it happened.

"Finally it's done. There's been a lot of talks but it came to the moment where everything is done, and now we start. Now the hard work starts, so I'm super happy."

The 34-year-old, who announced the news of his move on Instagram on Thursday, said his decision was made 'pretty easy' knowing that he would once again have Mourinho as manager.

The striker worked with the Portuguese manager at Inter Milan seven years and is relishing the prospect of linking up again.

"I have great memories," said Ibrahimovic. "The only regret I had with Jose was that I had a short time with him.

"I had one season. We won together, we enjoyed it together and had a great time together. I learned a lot, and I got to know him as a person, not only as a coach, and only positive things.

"He's a winner, I'm a winner and we know both what we want. We want to win. Wherever we go, we win. And we will win."

Ibrahimovic started his career at Malmo in 1999 and has won an array of titles, including four league champiobships.

But up until now he had never played for a Premier League club and he admits, quite modestly, that it won't be easy.

He said: "I think it's a big challenge for me. Wherever I came I won, and I'm looking forward to this new adventure, a new chapter in my career, in my life.

"If I could win here, I don't know how many players have had the possibility to play in different competitions like I have and at the same time be winning.

"So I will work hard. I know my mentality, I know what I want, I come to win. I want to win, but behind everything is hard work. That is what we have been doing so far, and that is what we come to do here also."

- Daily Mail

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