Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has recalled intense training sessions with Zlatan Ibrahimovic who would ensure nobody would slack off and thus getting the best out of everyone.Also Read - Serie A: Determined Juventus Beat Roma in Seven-Goal Thriller
Zlatan joined United on a free transfer in 2016 and enjoyed a productive spell during which he scored 28 goals across all competitions in debut season. He went on to Europa Cup and League Cup with them. Also Read - Premier League: Philippe Coutinho Joins Aston Villa on Loan From Barcelona
“He was mad,” Shaw was quoted as saying by Goal.com. “I think he was what we needed in the dressing room. He’s unbelievable, he still had the talent and even though he was a bit older he was still the amazing player that he had been.” Also Read - English Premier League: Cristiano Ronaldo Considering Move Out of Manchester United Depending Upon Next Manager
Zlatan did joke around in the dressing room but when it came to training, he would be dead serious. “But I think inside the dressing room he was great. He had a lot of jokes but I think when it got serious, and when he had to sort of put his foot down, you knew about it,” Shaw said.
“I think he was a born winner. Even in little training games, if he didn’t win and you were on his team he would absolutely kill you. So I think he got the best out of everyone when he was there, as in training-wise, because people couldn’t sort of (slack) off because if you’re on his team and you lose, you’re dead,” he added.
Zlatan’s second season at the Premier League giants was marred by injury as he featured in only seven matches before leaving for Major League Soccer where he played for LA Galaxy. “And honestly you can ask anyone in the team, that was the situation. But I think everyone loved him and it was just disappointing that he got that bad injury,” Shaw said.