Jose Mourinho has labelled the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a beautiful thing.
The 34-year-old joined Manchester United after a successful spell in France with Paris Saint-Germain and having retired from international football to focus fully on the remainder of his club career.
Mourinho and Ibrahimovic worked together in Italy at Inter Milan and forged quite the partnership with the Swede declaring he would be willing to die for Mourinho in his book.
Speaking to the media for the first time as Man United’s manager, the Portuguese man explained how much of coup the signing was.
He said: “Zlatan is Zlatan. He wins year after year. His goal record is absolutely amazing, his passion for the game is incredible and it’s only possible with his passion and ambition, with his CV, to make the decision at this stage of his career, for the biggest challenge of his career.
“It’s the biggest club he’s ever played for and the most difficult competition he’s ever played for. He is a massive player. I think it’s a beautiful thing when a coach has a player and, a few years later, has him again.
“It is beautiful, absolutely beautiful because it means the relationship was fantastic from a personal point of view and the professional engagement was great too. A few years later, we’re back together so I’m happy with that and I know what he can bring to us.”
United have to do something different if they are to return to the summit of English and European football. Gone are the days of Sir Alex Ferguson’s nous and personality to drag the club through the mud and many of the leaders in the squad have departed also. The likes of Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Patrice Evra understood demanded the best from their teammates and set standards that everyone had to adhere to. The Swedish striker is likely to do the same and Mourinho knows this.
In bringing in Mourinho and Ibrahimovic, you have two of the most confident and self-assured people in world football. They must take the fight to Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea, who have brought in big personalities of their own.
It might be as simplistic as now or never for United in the next three years but with signings such as Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, it shows that the biggest club in England still hold sway when it comes to bringing in the best of the best.