Zlatan Ibrahimović Gives His Verdict On Paul Pogba After José Mourinho’s Sacking

Zlatan Ibrahimović has spoken about Paul Pogba's time at Old Trafford after Manchester United sacked José Mourinho.

The 25-year-old World Cup-winning Frenchman's relationship with the former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss started to fall apart over the course of the season.

Speaking to ESPN, Ibrahimović believes that Pogba is one of those players who needed more freedom on the pitch from their manager.

"There are these players that need to be free, they need to feel free to do what they are able to do under the disciple of the coach," he said.

"Obviously, he has his tactics, he has that, but some players they go above these limits, and you need to let them be free, and I think Paul is one of them."

The 37-year-old Swedish striker, who has extended his stay at LA Galaxy, also offered his two cents on why the relationship between the United ace and the Special One fell apart.

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Credit: PA

"Paul didn't feel confidence from the coach, and the coach didn't feel confidence for Paul," he explained.

"It's difficult to perform as a player if you don't have confidence from the coach and you don't have that energy, that motivation, and José felt the same thing about Paul.

"These things happen, and that is part of the game also; I mean, not everybody can go among each other and do well together.

"I feel like you come to a moment where it is too blocked and one goes or the other one goes. At this moment, the coach left, and Paul is more free now."

The former United and Inter Milan striker has praised the form of Pogba, believing that his newfound freedom is allowing him to thrive at the club.

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Credit: PA

"We are seeing more happy Paul, more free Paul, more 'do whatever you want to do,' and he is succeeding with things now," he said.

"It's like new energy, new blood came in, and now he is playing like he knows how to play. And we know who Pogba is, and this is the Pogba we are seeing.

"When you play, happiness is very important, because when you feel stuck in a situation, you don't express yourself 100 per cent and play 100 per cent."

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