Former Chelsea forward Adrian Mutu has claimed that Jose Mourinho is intentionally freezing out Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United.
The Swede recovered from knee ligament surgery in November but has not featured for Man United since Boxing Day after further complications with his knee emerged.
Mourinho claimed recently that the Swede, who he confirmed would leave the club in June, was not injured but still struggling to get back to his very best.
But Mutu, speaking to Telekom Sport Romania, claimed that Zlatan – a former teammate of his at Juventus – was being frozen out by the boss.
“Mourinho doesn’t care about the performance, only the result,” he said. “I have information that Ibrahimovic is not injured, he’s just cold with Mourinho right now.”
The story of Mutu and Mourinho is an interesting one and, with the above insinuation in mind, could be worth looking at in greater detail.
Mutu had endured a difficult first season at Stamford Bridge when Mourinho arrived in 2004 and things quickly got worse. Ahead of a 1-0 win over Liverpool, the out-of-form striker was ruled out with a knee injury, only for Mutu to soon after insist he was fit.
The manager then told Mutu he could not leave London for a World Cup qualifier with the Czech Republic, but he did anyway, prompting an angry response from Mourinho.
A few days later, he failed a drugs test for cocaine and never played for Chelsea again. And after all these years that resentment towards his boss still seems to run deep – this time manifesting itself in a claim about a player he has not played with for over a decade.