Ibra: Utd stint proved my haters wrong
Posted: 20 February 2019 Time: 14:00
Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic says his stint in the Premier League with Manchester United made him realise he 'needed new haters' after initially being ridiculed for his opening statements upon his arrival.
Ibrahimovic, 37, joined United in 2016 and left two years later with a cult-hero status at Old Trafford.
The veteran Swede scored 29 goals in 53 games and won the EFL Cup and UEFA Europa League before joining LA Galaxy in the MLS.
"My challenge was, at the age I was, coming to England, where I had years of everybody was saying I wasn't good enough," he told the club's official website.
"I like those things because they trigger me. They give me adrenaline.
"After three months, all of them were eating their own words. I needed new haters because all the old ones became my new fans!
"Wherever I went before United, I won, and it was my pleasure that it happened again in England. Winning is in my DNA, I need to win - that's my mentality. I hate losing. I'm not a bad loser, but I hate it and I love to win.
"I said we would win and we won two big trophies. That speaks for itself," he added.
"That whole first season at United was fantastic. Everything was. I really enjoyed it. The family was happy, everybody was happy, the club took care of me and made it really easy for me. I just needed to turn up, put on my football boots and perform.
"When I came to United and I said I would conquer England, people were laughing at me. I wasn't joking."