After winning league titles in Netherlands, Italy, Spain and France and playing at some of the biggest clubs in Europe, you wouldn’t think Zlatan Ibrahimovic would have too many regrets in his career.
However, despite his illustrious career, it seems the Swedish striker does have a regret - and it involves his current Manchester United manager.
Jose Mourinho and Ibrahimovic have been very public in revealing their great respect with one another and that relationship probably was the deciding factor in him choosing to join the Old Trafford club this summer.
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Of course, the pair have already worked together before at Inter Milan in the 2008/09 season, where they won the Serie A title.
But that is Ibrahimovic’s only regret in football - the fact that he only worked with the Special One for 12 months.
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Ibrahimovic on Mourinho
“Mourinho is a mastermind. He knows everything about the game,” he said.
“I do not have many regrets, but I do regret that I did not get to play under Mourinho for longer. When the opportunity came again for him to be my coach at United it was an easy decision.
“Who wouldn’t want to be coached by him? I am at a great club with a great coach and great fans and I want to be as successful as possible for them.”
Now that Ibrahimovic has teamed up with Mourinho again, the forward is looking to become the first player to win titles in five different counties as he seeks to help United return to the summit of English football.
Ibrahimovic vs. Guardiola
To do so, Mourinho and Ibrahimovic will need to overcome an enemy of theirs in the form of Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola is, of course, manager of city and title rivals Manchester City and will travel to Old Trafford for the first Manchester derby of the season on Saturday.
While Ibrahimovic has often declared his love for Mourinho, he has publicly slammed Guardiola on numerous occasions. The pair clashed at Barcelona when Guardiola was in charge of the Catalan club and it’s fair to say Zlatan hasn’t forgiven him.
In his autobiography, Ibrahimovic claimed that ‘Jose Mourinho is Guardiola’s opposite — if Mourinho brightens up the room, Guardiola pulls down the curtains’ and has also branded him a ‘spineless coward’.
Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, has also criticised Guardiola ahead of the Manchester derby by saying: “I don’t like Guardiola.
“I do not hate him, but I do not like him. Everyone knows what happened to Zlatan in Barcelona.
“He’s a good coach but his football philosophy seems boring to me. He doesn’t have the guts to sit next to me.”
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