Zlatan Ibrahimovic demanded Paul Pogba join him at Manchester United

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When Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived at Manchester United in the summer transfer window, fans had no idea what to expect from the talismanic Swede.

Having been the king at Paris Saint-Germain, some critics suggested he would struggle to deal with life as a regular member of the team. There was a suggestion that he was something of a diva and could bring disharmony to the squad.

And there could have been a problem before the season had even started with Manchester United officials chasing hard to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus. With a world record fee changing hands, Ibrahimovic's arrival at Old Trafford became something of a footnote.

However, claims that Ibrahimovic is a prima donna have since proved unfounded. Not only has the 34-year-old been the utmost professional since the season started at Manchester United but it seems he was more than keen for Pogba to join him.

According to super agent Mino Raiola, who represents both the striker and the Frenchman, Ibrahimovic flat-out threatened him with serious bodily harm if he allowed Pogba to join any other club but Manchester United.

Get Pogba, or else

The quote, which was revealed by Sky Sports presenter Kaveh Solhekol, read: "After Zlatan signed for Manchester United he called me and said if I let Pogba sign for anyone else he'd break my legs."

Although the threat was obviously a hollow one and probably said with plenty of jest, it at least reveals just how keen Ibrahimovic was to see one of the world's foremost players join him at the Theatre of Dreams.

Dream partnership

While Ibrahimovic has hit the ground running in a red shirt, scoring five goals already, Pogba has struggled to get to grips with life back in the Premier League.

But Ibrahimovic, who is 11 years older than his new teammate, recently came out in public to criticise the people questioning Pogba's ability, labelling them as "jealous".

"All the jealous people who talk about him will swallow all of the words they have said about him," Ibrahimovic told SFR Sport earlier this month.

"He will only improve and will get everyone behind him. My relationship with Paul is easy: I speak, he listens. Paul is a player with a lot of talent."

Big performance

And that big performance appeared to arrive this Saturday after Pogba blew the Premier League champions Leicester City away. Scoring his first goal for Manchester United, the Frenchman helped his new club on their way to a 4-1 win.

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