Former Sweden international Pontus Kamark has warned Manchester United key figures Jose Mourinho and Wayne Rooney what to expect from the Zlatan Ibrahimovic's ego at Old Trafford this campaign.
It is the 34-year-old's first season in English football, after a trophy-laden career across Europe, at Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain. But the striker's success hasn't come without some controversy along the way.
There is no hiding the fact that the Swede is very confident in his own ability, and is widely adored for some memorable comments about his own superiority and abilities. But while it is to the amusement of the fans, Kamark has told the club to make him their main man, in order to avoid big upset within the dressing room.
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Ibrahimovic famously fell out with Pep Guardiola, largely for the fact that he was second choice to Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi, and the 47-year-old insists Mourinho must find a partnership between his summer signing and captain Rooney, in order to avoid chaos at Old Trafford.
“Hopefully they get along, him and Rooney — and if they do I think it is going to be the perfect match. If they don’t, he is going to create a lot of problems." Kamark told The Mirror.
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“Rooney can be more in the midfield and Zlatan the target player.
“He is very good with getting possession and playing the balls to the people who come running."
Ibrahimovic took just four minutes to score on his United debut, in his homeland, against Turkish giants Galatasaray with an acrobatic volley, and it's those moments that Kamark believes the superstar striker can offer, that outweigh the potential negative impact.
"You can have both sides with Zlatan. He takes a lot of space and there can be a lot of trouble around him but he can also make things happen that would be difficult without him.” Kamark added.
Ibrahimovic became the first big signing at United this summer, one to excite the fans after an, on the whole, poor few campaigns for the Red Devils. However, Paul Pogba's world-record £89 million transfer could potentially upset the applecart.
“He has been in all kinds of arguments. He called even Pep Guardiola 'The Philosopher' because Messi felt threatened about his superiority and Zlatan doesn’t want to be No.2." said Kamark.
On the throne
“If someone comes in his way, he fights them. He can kick you down in training. He does whatever it takes to be on the throne. That can be for good and for bad — especially if someone doesn’t accept that.
“He always finds something because he can never be second best - Zlatan has to be No.1.”
But it's not the first time Ibrahimovic has had to work alongside players on a similar level, in fact, far from it. Almost his entire career has involved playing alongside the world's best players and achieving a wealth success along the way. And Kamark has backed his compatriot to have the same impact as a former United legend, at Old Trafford.
Karmark admitted: “I think he is a good player for Manchester United and see him almost like an Eric Cantona."
“Man United have lost in recent years a little bit of their profile and slipped from being a winning team.
"He is not young but if they can get the best out of Zlatan for a season or one-and-a-half seasons I think that could be very beneficial for Man United.”
United will hope that Ibrahimovic and Mourinho rekindle their relationship they built when they were together at Inter Milan, but with an ever bigger pool of big names at United, it remains to be seen how great the former Chelsea boss' man management skills really are, in order to keep the atmosphere within the dressing room positive.
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