Zlatan Ibrahimovic brought Paul Pogba back to Manchester United

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Having won ten titles in his last 11 seasons, Zlatan Ibrahimovic can conceivably claim to be responsible for the success his former clubs have experienced.

Indeed, Paris Saint-Germain may not have won four consecutive Ligue 1 titles without Ibrahimovic's 113 goals and Manchester United will be hoping he can have a similar impact this season.

But while Ibrahimovic has undoubtedly driven the likes of AC Milan and Ajax to silverware, he can't possibly believe he can improve United's chances of signing world-class players. Well, he has just done that very thing.

Ibrahimovic's arrival in Manchester was quickly forgotten when an £89million deal for Paul Pogba was announced.

The now-former Juventus midfielder became the most expensive player in history after joining Jose Mourinho's Red Devils, but Ibrahimovic appears to think the deal would have never happened had he not arrived at Old Trafford just weeks earlier.

'My shirt has brought him back'

Taking to Instagram, Ibrahimovic posted a picture of the pair squaring up to each other with a Manchester United emblem in the centre. The caption reads: "Finally my shirt brought him back. @paulpogba."

Maybe it was Zlatan who convinced Pogba to make the move or maybe it was the £290,000-a-week contract. Who knows?

Arrogance or confidence?

The post comes just a day after Ibrahimovic claimed his perceived arrogance was actually justified confidence. After all, he is one of the best football players in the world and remains at the top of the game despite approaching his 35th birthday.

He told Sky Sports: "I don't believe I'm arrogant in the way that people think. I'm confident. I believe in myself. That's not being arrogant. That's something I believe is an individual strength in the human being.

"I have confidence and I believe in myself. I have a vision and I do everything. I work hard for it. I don't believe that's arrogant."


Manchester United announced Pogba's return with the use of #Pogback on Twitter but another similar hashtag was trending on Friday after the FA announced he would be banned for Manchester United's opening Premier League game against Bournemouth.

Rival fans used #Pogbanned to troll Manchester United following the announcement and Mourinho later confirmed he didn't know about the one-game suspension before he signed him.

“I knew the situation with the yellow cards but I didn’t know if an accumulation would bring a suspension,” he told journalists on Friday.

“I didn’t know if a suspension from Italian football would be for the corresponding competition in England, which would be the first FA Cup match.”

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