Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Manchester United star says he ‘regrets’ he did not get to play under Jose Mourinho for longer

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC says his short time with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United makes him regret not playing for longer under the controversial Portuguese coach earlier in his career. 

Ibrahimovic is one of few players to have worked with both Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, who he faces in the Manchester derby on Saturday.

Zlatan Inbrahimovich and Jose Mourinho
Zlatan Inbrahimovich and Jose Mourinho are a winning combination
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The two men shared a title-winning season at Inter Milan in 2008/09
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Zlatan and Pep
But Ibrahimovic’s relationship with Pep Guardiola is not so hot
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And while he has been outspoken about the Manchester City boss in the past, even calling him a “spineless coward”, he is full of praise for his current manager who he previously spent a year with at Inter Milan in 2008/09.

After scoring 25 league goals to finish as top scorer in Serie A, Ibrahimovic decided to leave Italy and join Guardiola’s Barcelona the following season.

And it’s obvious where his loyalties lie.

“If Mourinho brightens up the room, Guardiola pulls down the curtains,’ Ibrahimovic wrote in his 2013 autobiography I Am Zlatan.

Now the Swedish striker says: “I do not have many regrets, but I do regret that I did not get to play under Mourinho for longer.

“When the opportunity came again for him to be my coach at United it was an easy decision.

“Who wouldn’t want to be coached by him? I am at a great club with a great coach and great fans and I want to be as successful as possible for them.”

Mourinho signed Ibrahimovic on a free transfer in July after his contract with Paris Saint Germain expired and the 34-year-old has hit the ground running at United.

The centre forward has scored three goals in three Premier League games, as well as netting the winner in the Community Shield against Leicester City at Wembley.

Ibrahimovic has made a flying start in English football, scoring here against Leicester in the Community Shield
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Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Ibrahimovic
United fans have the mouth-watering prospect of Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Ibrahimovic in the same line-up
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The combination between star striker and manager therefore appears to be a good one, and it has brought back memories of their time together in Serie A.

Ibrahimovic won three successive Italian top flight titles at Inter Milan, the last of which came with Mourinho in charge.

That record provides stark contrast to his season under Guardiola at Barcelona, where he insisted Guardiola “broke his dream”. He said at the time: “When I walk into a room, Guardiola will walk out.”

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