MX23RW : Monday, August 20 22:01:09

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 'I offered to play for free at Manchester United'

Zlatan: 'I offered to play for free at Man Utd'
© Reuters
Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic reveals that he offered to play for free at Old Trafford following his return from a serious knee injury.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed that he offered to play for free at Manchester United following his return from a knee injury.

Ibrahimovic quickly became a fan favourite at Old Trafford following his 2016 arrival from Paris Saint-Germain, scoring 28 goals across all competitions before his season was cut short by a serious cruciate knee ligament injury in April 2017.

There was speculation at the time that the former Sweden international could be forced into retirement as a result of the injury, but United opted to re-sign him on a one-year deal and he made his comeback significantly ahead of schedule in November 2017.

However, the 36-year-old played just seven more games for United before being released to enable him to join Los Angeles Galaxy in March of this year, and he has now revealed that he turned down opportunities to play as he no longer thought that he could give his best.

"The situation was not about having a contract and earning money - it was the opposite. I said, 'I don't want a salary, you keep it'," Ibrahimovic told BBC Sport.

"When I was ready, I said to myself, 'I am not there'. They had a Zlatan before. After, I was not ready to be that Zlatan. I was selected in many of the games but I told the coach: 'Listen, I am not ready. I don't want to disappoint you.

"'The respect I have for my teammates and the coach. Select someone else who can do the job better'. I stood up and did it, even if I am Zlatan."

Ibrahimovic has scored 11 goals in just 14 MLS appearances since joining LA Galaxy.

Share this article now:
England's Harry Maguire scores their first goal against Sweden on July 7, 2018
Read Next:
Rooney trolls Ibrahimovic on social media
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Tables

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account