Hernan Crespo makes bold claim about new Man United signing and Jose Mourinho
Hernan Crespo has his say on Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Hernan Crespo says Manchester United supporters should be excited about the prospect of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jose Mourinho working together at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese coach was appointed as United’s new manager at the start of the summer after Louis van Gaal was sacked following a fifth-place finish in the Premier League table last season.
Mourinho snapped up Ibrahimovic in a deal from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain after the 34-year-old centre-forward opted to call time on his decorated career in the French capital.
The pair previously worked together during Mourinho’s spell in charge of Inter Milan as the Nerazzurri won the Serie A title and Coppa Italia crown at the San Siro outfit.
Crespo was part of that Inter squad that won the Italian top-flight crown and Coppa Italia in 2009 before he moved to Genoa.
And the retired Argentina international gave a glimpse into what life is like working with Ibrahimovic and Mourinho.
“It was incredible to work with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jose Mourinho,” Crespo wrote in his column in The Guardian.
“They are two winners with great personalities, two real football people. The Manchester United fans can really look forward to having two world-class people at the team, one on the bench and one on the pitch. The two of them can turn Manchester United into winners again.”
Crespo added: “That winning mentality is something that has been missing a little during the David Moyes and Louis van Gaal spells in charge and Mourinho, as a manager, is the ideal person to bring it back. He is a manager who always knows how to create something special wherever he has been. Ibrahimovic, meanwhile, is a striker who wins games for teams, as simple as that.”
Ibrahimovic scored his first United goal in a 5-2 victory over Galatasaray in Sweden at the weekend.
The Red Devils will take on Leicester City in the Community Shield at Wembley on 7 August.