Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be a primadonna, but Manchester United legend Gary Neville says it’s great to have arrogance back at the club.
Zlatan, who calls himself “God” on the pitch, is known for making life difficult for teammates and bosses who don’t recognise him as the main man.
And his former Sweden teammate Pontus Kamark warns Wayne Rooney not to cross Ibra ahead United’s Premier League opener against Bournemouth tomorrow.
He says: “Hopefully they get along, him and [Wayne] 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.
“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.
“He has been in all kinds of arguments. He always finds something because he can never be second best – Zlatan has to be No.1.”
But Neville says Zlatan is just what United need alongside the self-proclaimed “Special One” José Mourinho and the world’s most expensive player Paul Pogba.
Neville says: “In the last three or four years, Manchester United have lacked stature on the pitch, they have lacked arrogance and they have lacked the players who have the balls to be real Manchester United stars.”
“In signing Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, they have players of stature and arrogance – in a good way – and, historically, United have always needed players with big personalities.
“They have a manager with a personality and stature.
“With those three people – and a couple of players who were already there – then there’s an arrogance back in the club and the city…”