Jose Mourinho believes his Manchester United squad are already looking at Ibrahimovic as a leader within the group after just a couple of training sessions with his new team-mates as he said thatA�striker should not restrict his role in the squad to goalscorer.
“With Zlatan you may see someone with a big ego, big self-esteem, but it is in a positive way. When he is with the group, he is humble and friendly to everyone — integration is good,” A�PortugueseA�told club website.
“Zlatan is a fantastic player and, immediately in training, we could feel what I call ‘functional empathy’ — people looking to him, him looking to connect with other players.
“He is an amazing link player, an amazing player. He could be anything on the pitch, not just a goalscorer.”
The 34-year-old linked up with the rest of the squad for the first time on Thursday after being given an extended break by Mourinho following Euro 2016.
Former Swedish striker all set to make his first appearance for the red devilsA� in his home country A�asA�he was named in the 23-man squad for Saturday’s friendly against Turkish side Galatasaray in Gothenburg.
Mourinho inherited a youthful squad from Louis van Gaal .The Portuguese, havingA�signed young defender Eric Bailly and midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan A�was keen to add experience to the side in the form of Ibrahimovic and according to media reports, Premier League club is very near to addA�Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba in A�their side.
The 53-year-old Portuguese was confident his new recruits would not take long to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League as they did not have any language barriers with their team mates.
“Zlatan and Henrikh are fluent in English and in many other languages. They are good guys and experienced guys,” the former ChelseaA�A�manager said.
“Eric doesn’t speak English too well. But he speaks French and Spanish which makes it an easy position in this squad with all his team mates who speak those languages. He is coming up, step by step.”,