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Ibrahimovic: Manchester United have to stop focusing on the past

Former Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes the Premier League club are overly concerned with their past and not the club’s current reality.

United sacked coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over the weekend after a 4-1 hammering at the hands of Watford, and many are of the opinion that the Norwegian was left in his role on the Old Trafford bench for as long as he was due to his status as a club legend.

“They talk too much about the past,” Ibrahimovic told the Guardian. “When I went there I said ‘I’m here to focus on the present and to make my own story’.

“But when you have too much it becomes like a loop. You have to think about the present or you should go to a hospital and clean your head.”

Ibrahimovic was at United for just two seasons, but played an important part as the Red Devils managed to win the English League Cup and the Europa League under Jose Mourinho. They haven’t won a trophy since.

Now, the Swede has returned to AC Milan in Serie A where he and his teammates sit as joint leaders alongside Napoli. Looking back at his time in England, he suggested that the quality on show there isn’t as good as a lot of people believe.

“The quality is overrated in a technical way,” Ibrahimovic added. “But the Premier League has different qualities – the pace, the rhythm.

You can be the best player in the world but if you cannot handle that pace and rhythm [you won’t succeed]

“In Spain, France, Italy, the technique is better. That’s why there are so many foreigners in the Premier League. They bring the technical [aspect].

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