Jose Mourinho sends honest message to departing Man United star

Jose Mourinho sends a farewell message to Zlatan Ibrahimovic after his exit from Man United

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic Photo: BT Sport

Jose Mourinho has lavished praise on Zlatan Ibrahimovic after he left Manchester United to sign for LA Galaxy last week.

The 36-year-old striker decided to call time on his spell at Old Trafford and move to the MLS side to wind down his glittering career.

Ibrahimovic had struggled with a serious knee injury this season and although he made his comeback for the Red Devils this term, he only made five appearances in the Premier League for Mourinho’s men.

The Swedish star will now turn his attentions towards helping LA Galaxy challenge for the MLS title in the closing years of his career.

And Mourinho had nothing but good things to say about the veteran striker after he called time on his spell at Old Trafford under the Portuguese boss.

Speaking at a news conference at Carrington on Friday, Mourinho said: “I always feel very, very sorry when the big ones finish or when the big ones go to the last period of their careers. So for me, the Zlatan goodbye moment was more in that direction.

“He’s a huge, big player that top football, European football is losing now and we lose forever, because he will not be back to this level of football.

“But I think it’s fantastic for him in this period. I think this period with Galaxy, these couple of years, probably, will be very good for him. I think he’s more… what the MLS and the US as a football country is going to get is more than what Zlatan is going to get, because for him I think it will just be a way to enjoy probably the last year or last couple of years of his football.

“It will be very good for American football because of what he can do, what he can teach, what he can attract, his personality, his passion for football and the level of professionalism he always has.

“Even his recovery was an example of what a professional should be.”

Meanwhile, Manchester United are aiming to finish in the top four and win the FA Cup this season.

The Red Devils will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals of the FA Cup at Wembley later this month as they bid to try and end the campaign on a high.

Manchester United will travel to bitter local rivals Manchester City next weekend.

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