Manchester United sack Ole Gunnar after Watford defeat
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Manchester United hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic has claimed the Red Devils focus on the past too much. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently lost his job at Old Trafford after three years at the helm. And the club’s former No 9 believes they’re still struggling to recover in the years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
Manchester United sacked Solskjaer on Sunday, just hours after they were thumped by Watford at Vicarage Road.
And he’s now become the fourth manager to lose his job at Old Trafford in the years since Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and now Solskjaer have all been and gone in the years since Ferguson walked away.
Ibrahimovic spent 18 months at United between the summer of 2016 and January 2018.
The Sweden international has now opened up on his time at the club and given his verdict, insisting they’re too focused on their history.
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“I had a great experience in England,” the AC Milan hitman told the Guardian.
“Manchester United are an amazing club and we won a couple of trophies [the League Cup when he scored two goals in the final and the Europa League].”
When asked why they continued to toil, he added: “They talk too much about the past.
“When I went there I said: ‘I’m here to focus on the present and to make my own story.’
“But when you have too much it becomes like a loop.
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“You have to think about the present or you should go to a hospital and clean your head.”
Ibrahimovic took the Premier League by storm, despite being in the twilight years of his career at the time.
And when quizzed on whether the top flight was overrated, he added: “The quality is overrated in a technical way.
But the Premier League has different qualities – the pace, the rhythm. You can be the best player in the world but if you cannot handle that pace and rhythm [you won’t succeed].
“In Spain, France, Italy, the technique is better.
“That’s why there are so many foreigners in the Premier League. They bring the technical [aspect].”
Ibrahimovic also shed light on his recent falling out with NBA superstar Lebron James.
The Swede clashed with the American, accusing James on making too many political statements.
Ibrahimovic said: “Sport unites people. Politics divide people.
“If we talk about racism, it’s something else. That’s something I don’t agree with.
“But I don’t do politics. If I did, I would be a president now.
“I don’t know him personally. I don’t judge him.
“Whatever he does with racists, he is right, because when 50,000 call you a fucking g*****, it’s the same.
“That is [also] racism. But I don’t do politics. I do sport. That’s the way you spread love.
“If I worry about the future, I’m not focusing on today. I’m present time. Carpe diem.”
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