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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed the offer he made Manchester United after injury

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has made quite the impact since joining LA Galaxy back in March.

From scoring a 40-yard volley on debut to slapping Michael Petrasso of Montreal Impact, it's easy to forget how remarkable it is that the striker is still playing football at all.

Aged 35, he suffered a double tear to his knee ligaments during Manchester United's Europa League tie against Anderlecht in 2017.

Not only did it seemingly spell the end of his one-year stint at Old Trafford, it looked unlikely that such a veteran of the game would be able to come back at all considering the severity of the injury.

Of course, that proved not to be the case and like the superhuman that he is, the Swedish international made his return in the December of the same year.

By the time Ibrahimovic left the Red Devils with a haul of two trophies, he had scored a very respectable 29 goals in 53 games.

However, even if he has an impressive 11 in 14 in the MLS, there can be no doubt that it was the right time for him to call it quits.

Ibrahimovic might not be known for his humility but in a candid interview with the BBC, he has spoken honestly about his body letting him down in his final few months in England and revealed he even offered to play for free. 

Zlatan just wasn't the same 

"The situation was not about having a contract and earning money," he said.

"It was all the opposite. I said I don't want a salary, you keep it."

"The mind can be ready but the knee was not ready."

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At the time, doctors were amazed by his physical condition, but he admits he had to be honest about Jose Mourinho about the level he was at following his injury.

"When I was ready, I said to myself 'I am not there'," he added.

"They had a Zlatan before. After, I was not ready to be that Zlatan.

"I was selected in many of the games but I told the coach: 'Listen, I am not ready. I don't want to disappoint you.

"The respect I have for my team-mates and the coach. Select someone else who can do the job better.' I stood up and did it, even if I am Zlatan."

When a player famed for having such a big ego was so modest, Mourinho must have sat up and taken notice.

United fans no doubt be keeping one eye on the MLS this season, with their all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney also having headed to DC United via Everton. 

Do you think Utd should have given him a second contract? Have your say in the comments.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Anderlecht
Jose Mourinho
Wayne Rooney
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