Former Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed that he advised fellow Swede Victor Lindelof to perform right from the start if he wants to stay at the club as the rest of the squad are conquerors.
Lindelof signed with the club at the start of the previous campaign but has had a tough start to his life at Old Trafford. Since the though he has picked up his form and has already played more than 20 games in the league this season.
Ibrahimovic has now revealed the advice that he gave to Lindelof when he was with the club last season, saying that he implored the Swede to start performing if he doesn’t want to be sold.
Ibrahimovic told BetHard: “I think he had a difficult time in the beginning, but I think that is typical Swedish. When you come somewhere, you are friendly to everybody. You play, you don’t play, you still feel in friendly situation.
“I explained to him, ‘listen, all these players are conquerors. You’re here to survive. You’re not here to be friendly to everybody so you need to perform’.
“‘If you don’t perform, the club has no problems with selling [you], that’s the way it is’. And I think he’s been doing good lately. He’s playing much more after a first year of struggling.”
It remains to be seen if Lindelof can continue the form he is currently in, having been a major part of the team that has gone an unbeaten run since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over the reins following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.