Former Manchester United man Zlatan Ibrahimovic has insisted that Jose Mourinho is still the ‘Special One’ after his move to the MLS.
The Swede icon made the switch to LA Galaxy following the announcement of his contract being mutually terminated by the club.
The move sparked rumours of a rift between the two but Ibrahimovic has alleviated those fears and insisted his former manager is still special.
With the arrival of Alexis Sanchez perhaps Mourinho felt there was no longer a need for the striker and granted his wish to leave for match time.
The MLS season has just about begun and so there’s plenty of opportunities for him to get the game time he desires ahead of potentially returning with his international team for the World Cup.
According to ESPN FC, Zlatan said: “I like Mourinho. He is the Special One. He likes to win. Wherever he went he won. He made me feel comfortable. He gave me a lot of responsibility.
“He said to me the only problem he had with me was when could he rest me. They’ve been doing it good. Let’s hope, there’s one last trophy to play for, and that’s the FA Cup. So hopefully they win it.
“Last year we had a big success with the three trophies. With a new team like that — new coach, couple of new players — and hopefully that rings on, because as a top team, like United, you need to keep winning, because that is the status of the club.
“You need to win. And if you’re not winning, you’re not belonging to the top.”
There’s been plenty of talk about whether Jose is outdated or not following his last sacking at Chelsea where he failed to defend his crown.
The Portuguese manager won the title following his return to England but saw his squad hopelessly drop points until there were genuine fears of relegation.
Despite leading the Blues to the title just a few months beforehand, Jose Mourinho was fired, paving the way for him to be hired by an underperforming Manchester United that were under Louis Van Gaal‘s management.
In his first season in charge the former Real Madrid man won the Europa League and Carabao Cup but it was still not enough to convince some that his talent hasn’t waned.
In terms of his age, Mourinho is in his peak but the concerns were whether his favoured tactics had any place in modern football.