Zlatan Ibrahimovic hadn’t even officially signed for Manchester United before he was already making controversy at the club.
United in 2016 signed the legendary striker on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain, but before the deal was signed and sealed he took it upon himself to announce the transfer to the world after growing impatient with the dragging negotiations.
Ibrahimovic posted an image of the United club crest on Instagram with the accompanying caption: “Time to let the world know. My next destination is Manchester United #IAmComing”
However, this did not go down well within the club or his own camp as Ibrahimovic has revealed that both his agent, Mino Raiola, and United chief Ed Woodward were furious.
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“In fact, I’m going to go on Instagram and write, ‘My next club will be Manchester United’. I was so tired of the negotiations that I didn’t think Manchester [United] was listed on the stock exchange,” ” he writes in his new book Adrenalina, which is being serialised by Aftonbladet.
“You may not make similar announcements if the matter is not clear. All hell broke loose. Mino wanted to kill me.
“It’s just my fault, Mino Raiola had nothing to do with it. I lost my patience, that’s all. It felt like I was standing in quicksand trying to do something to take me forward, without thinking about the consequences.
“If the deal goes down now, then that’s it, we’ll let it go. I’m the one who did the wrong thing. I apologise once again.
When then asked what Woodward’s reaction was, he added: “You’ve ruined a £5m PR-plan. They had planned a surprise campaign and a presentation with special effects à la Hollywood. And I ruined everything with an update on social media.
“I get there and everyone hates me: Ibra the arrogant, the pretentious, the thug, the one who never scores [against] English teams, the old, thirty-five-year-old. Good. That’s how I want it. Hate me. I like that.”
Ibrahimovic spent two years at Old Trafford, scoring 29 goals in 53 games and winning in the Europa League and League Cup.
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