‘They talk too much about the past’

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC has asked former club Manchester United to stop talking about the past.

The Red Devils are looking for a new manager after sacked club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic moved to Manchester United in 2016


Zlatan Ibrahimovic moved to Manchester United in 2016

The Norwegian was once a star of Sir Alex Ferguson’s time, but United have not won the Premier League since the Scotsman retired in 2013.

And Ibrahimovic, who has spent two years at Old Trafford since 2016, has urged the club to stop relying on its history for inspiration.

He told Guardians: “They talk too much about the past. When I got there, I said: ‘I’m here to focus on the present and make my own story.’

“But when you have too much, it feels like a loop. You have to think about the present or you should go to the hospital and wash your hair.”

Solskjaer has been ordered to his march after picking up just one win in seven league games.

His assistant Michael Carrick has been appointed as caretaker while club officials look for a temp to carry them through to the end of the season.

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But momentum seems to be building for Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino will take over as a long-term appointment earlier than planned.

Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in his first season at United but injury curtailed his second term at the club.

The Swede was part of the 2016/17 Europa League triumph – the last time the club won a major title.

He added: “I had a great experience in the UK. Manchester United is a great club and we’ve won a few trophies

“Quality is technically overrated. But the Premier League has other qualities – speed, rhythm.

“You can be the best player in the world but if you can’t handle that speed and rhythm (you won’t be successful).”

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Huynh Nguyen

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