Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay recalls sharing the dressing room with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and explains how much of an influence the big Swede was. According to McTominay, Zlatan has been a big presence on the pitch everywhere he’s played as well as off it.
The Milan hitman spent two years at Old Trafford after joining the club on a free transfer in 2016. Within that period, the big forward scored 29 goals in 53 games while also lifting the Europa League and Carabao Cup.
The Swedish international became a cult figure among supporters during that period, and Scott McTominay was left in awe by his professionalism. However, the United midfielder was only making his name known as a youngster at the time, admitting he was a ‘tough guy’ in the dressing room due to the high standards he demands from his colleagues.
Meanwhile, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is currently out with injury and is likely to miss the first leg of his side’s Europa League encounter with Manchester United today. But if he recovers in time, the Swede could be ready to play in the reverse fixture.
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Moreover, that didn’t stop Scott McTominay from speaking highly of his former teammate ahead of United’s clash with AC Milan.
“[He was] ruthless. I’m not going to say too much more than that,” the United midfielder said as per the club’s website.
“Good professional worked hard, a big, big presence in the dressing room in terms of his voice and the way that he is with people.”
” He’s a ruthless guy in terms of the way he wants to win 24/7, if you’re not on the same page as him, then you won’t succeed under him, he’ll make life hard for you, so you’d better work hard at winning, otherwise it’ll be a tough time for you.”
” I love guys like that in football. He’s obviously had a legendary career which is a real credit to him, and obviously to his family as well, so I have nothing but big praise for him. He’s a tough guy to be around sometimes, but that’s positive – I can be [tough to be around] as well.”
While Ibrahimovic’s absence will be a big loss for the Milan side, it’s equally again for United, who will be aiming to capitalize on his absence.