Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Paul Pogba has been made to feel ‘free’ under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Jose Mourinho’s lack of confidence in him.
The Frenchman has excelled under the Manchester United interim manager having endured a strained relationship with Mourinho before the Portuguese was sacked.
United have won all seven games under Solskjaer and Pogba has been integral to the immediate success.
Ibrahimovic, who played with Pogba under Mourinho, has not been surprised to see such an improvement now that the shackles are off.
‘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,’ he told ESPN FC.
‘Obviously, he has his tactics, he has that, but some players they go above these limits, and you need to let them be free, and I think Paul is one of them.
‘Paul didn’t feel confidence from the coach [Mourinho], and the coach didn’t feel
‘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 about Paul.’
Ibrahimovic did not solely lay blame with his former boss and admitted that not everybody can be kept happy in a particular system.
‘These things happen, and that is part of the game also; I mean, not everybody can go among each other and do well together.
‘I feel like 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 added.
United are hunting down a Champions League position and are currently sixth in the table, level with Arsenal and only three points adrift of Chelsea in fourth.