Zlatan Ibrahimovic Sends Embarrassing Message To Man United Over ‘£1’ Salary Deduction

“One thing surprised me: everyone thinks of [Manchester] United as a top club, one of the richest and most powerful in the world and seen from the outside it looked that way to me,” writes Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his autobiography titled ‘Adrenaline’.

“But once I was there I found a small, closed mentality.

“One day I was in the hotel with the team before a game. I got thirsty so I opened the mini-bar and had a fruit juice.

“We played and then went home. Some time went by. My pay slip arrives. Normally I don’t look at it.

“I only do so at the end of the year to see what’s come in and what’s gone out. But that time, I don’t know why, I was curious and realized they’d taken a pound off my monthly wage.”

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Zlatan, who joined United in 2016, added: “I called the team manager: ‘Excuse me, why have they taken a pound off my salary.’

“The team manager had a look and told me: ‘It was the fruit juice from the mini-bar.’

“‘Are you kidding, seriously?’ ‘No, I’m not. Here, if you order something you have to pay for it.’

“Sure, but I didn’t go to the hotel on my own accord. I wasn’t on holiday. It was my work place. I was there for Manchester. If I have to play and I’m thirsty, I have to drink. I can’t go on the pitch dehydrated.”

Reflecting further on the incident, Zlatan continued: “Can you believe it? A quid? Something like that would never happen in Italy. These are the details that make a difference and earn the respect of the players.

“Every day I was asked to show my papers just to get into the training ground. I’d lower my window and say to the person at the gate: ‘Listen my friend I’ve been coming here every day for a month. I’m the best player in the world. If you still don’t recognize me, you’re in the wrong job.’”

Ibrahimovic scored 17 goals in 28 Premier League appearances in United colors.

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