Zlatan Ibrahimovic explains Pogba-Mourinho fallout
- Ibrahimovic knew it all along Pogba would excel in a freer role.
- Mourinho didn't give him that.
- Zlatan thinks some players have to be given freedom.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic loves both Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba (and he's emotionally attached to the Reds) and yet he seems to admit one of his favoured coaches didn't find the key to unlock the Frenchman even though it was always at hand.
Zlatan told ESPN: ''We are seeing a more happy Paul, more free Paul, more 'do whatever you want to do,' and he is succeeding with things now. It's like new energy and now he is playing like he knows how to play. And we know who Pogba is, and this is the Pogba we are seeing.
''These things happen, it’s part of the game, not everybody can go among each other and do well together. I feel you come to a moment where it is too blocked and one goes or the other one goes. At this moment, the coach left, and Paul is more free now.''
He continued: ''Paul didn’t feel confidence from the coach (Mourinho), and the coach didn’t feel confidence for Paul. It’s difficult to perform as a player if you don’t have confidence from the coach and you don’t have that energy, that motivation, and Jose felt the same thing.''
''There are these players that need to be free, they need to feel free to do what they are able to do under the disciple of the coach. I think Paul is one of them.''
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