Jose Mourinho has revealed he didn’t just sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his footballing gift, but also for his personality in the dressing room.
The former PSG forward joined United in the summer and has established himself as a key player at Old Trafford.
Mourinho insists the dressing room at Old Trafford was lacking ‘Super personalities’ and that was the key to bringing the swede to the club.
“You have to adapt to the reality of the club, its needs and its demands,” he told France Football. “It is called being intelligent. The priority is to establish relations of peace and love in a group, to create stability.
“Manchester United no longer has the super personalities like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes or Roy Keane.
“There is Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick, who are the last faces of that generation and a new squad of players has to adapt.
“That is why it was important for me to get Zlatan. In this team, he had, without being English, without knowing the culture of the club, the personality and the profile to be more than just a simple player.”
Mourinho believes he needs big personalities for his teams – and his methods – to be most effective.
“Mind games, which involve trying to manipulate someone psychologically through the media, are a way to create a state of thinking, but they’re most effective when you have a team full of personalities who are ready to take that kind of talk on board,” he explained.