Sir Alex Ferguson would have rejected Zlatan Ibrahimovic "nine times out of 10", Rene Meulensteen has told the Sun.
Meulensteen, who was Fergie's number two at Manchester United for six years, insists the veteran manager would not have brought in the Swedish superstar because he would have feared it would impact upon the club's youngsters.
“That is because of everything that Alex Ferguson wanted to do with youngsters — bring them through and improve them as players", he said.
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“But if he felt the situation was there for the one time out of ten, he would do it. Like bringing in Laurent Blanc, a player in his 30s, after Jaap Stam left."
'Ibra' was finally announced as a United player on Friday after himself confirming the move on social media.
The former Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Ajax striker has signed a one-year deal at Old Trafford, linking up once again with manager Jose Mourinho, whom he played under at the San Siro.
A deal has been on the cards all summer, ever since Ibrahimovic was released by PSG having helped them to the Ligue 1 title last season.
United's young stars
The 34-year-old is hoping to win the league in a fifth country, but while United fans will welcome his charisma and undeniable talent, after Mulensteen's words, they will be keeping a cautious eye on Mourinho, ensuring he still allows young prodigy Marcus Rashford to fulfil his potential.
United's first XI is going to look very different next season, with Eric Bailly and Ibrahimovic having already arrived and Henrikh Mkhitaryan almost certainly to follow.
Ibrahimovic may not have fitted in under Ferguson, but Mourinho desperately needs him to be a hit in English football, in the season when he will be charged with turning United back into title contenders.
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