Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Manchester United squad’s mentality has improved since Europa League glory

by Harry Robinson

The mentality of the Manchester United squad has improved on last season, according to striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Swede is edging closer to a return from a long-term injury that forced him to undergo surgery earlier this year after a cruciate ligament blow in Man United’s UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg against Anderlecht.

That injury meant that Ibrahimovic missed the Europa League final, where United triumphed over that side Ajax in Ibrahimovic’s home country of Sweden.

But that experience of winning trophies has helped the squad this season, the 36-year-old believes.

“The team is good and motivated, I see them training very hard, I see they are hungry,” Ibrahimovic told MUTV.

“I see their mentality is different from last year because now they know what they need to do to get the wins, and now they know what it is to win because we won the three trophies last year.

“They know what kind of work that they need to do to get to the objectives we are aiming for. It’s about hard work and a lot of sacrifice.”

When Ibrahimovic arrived at the club on a free transfer from Paris St Germain in 2016, many hoped that his influence would not be solely an on-the-pitch one. In the French capital, he was immensely influential in changing the mentality of the entire club.

His drive and experience will have undoubtedly helped the younger players in the United squad, including fellow strikers Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

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