Jesse Lingard: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has installed the winning mentality into players

by Tanveer Arayan


Jesse Lingard claims Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s winning mentality has been rubbing off on Manchester United players since his arrival in the summer.

He’s been a massive presence on and off the pitch and has already scored 20 goals this season under Jose Mourinho as he looks to make his mark on the game in England.

The big Swede has won silverware all over the world and has had a massive impact on the side, and will undoubtedly continue to be a massive inspiration for the players at Old Trafford.

Speaking about his team-mate, Lingard insists Ibrahimovic loves winning and is not afraid to let you know.

“The ‘I Am Zlatan’ thing is for the media,” he said.

“You can have a joke with him. Zlatan’s always joking… we vibe off him.

“But after training, if my team gets beaten and his wins — and he always knows if he’s won — he’ll make sure you know for the rest of the day.

“Ibrahimovic has that presence and he loves winning, which rubs off on all of us.”

It’s clear that the players are much closer under Mourinho as there’s a togetherness about the squad, but they’re now mean competitors which will help them strive to improve.

Jose Mourinho’s men have occupied sixth place since November 6, but they now sit just two points behind second-place Tottenham Hotspur on the table.

Hopes are they can continue to extend their unbeaten run as it’s clearly a big confidence boost with the players now within touching distance of a Champions League qualification.

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