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McTominay has ‘nothing but praise’ for ‘ruthless’ Zlatan ahead of Man Utd meeting with AC Milan

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay says he has ‘nothing but praise’ for AC Milan striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, praising his former teammate’s ‘ruthless’ desire to win.

Ibrahimovic joined Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United back in 2016, and had an immediate impact at Old Trafford, netting 28 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions in his debut campaign, before it was cruelly cut short by a knee injury.

The Swede did return to fitness, but with United having signed Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan would be allowed to move to the MLS in March 2018 where many thought he would wind down his career in the Los Angeles sunshine.

The evergreen striker surprised everyone though by returning to European football, rejoining AC Milan in December 2019 where he has continued to prove he can cut it at the highest level, netting 27 goals in 41 appearances since his return to the San Siro, propelling the Rossoneri up to second in Serie A behind city rivals, Inter.

Stefano Pioli’s side travel to Manchester this week for the first leg of their Europa League last 16 tie against the Red Devils, though Ibrahimovic is set to be denied a crack at his old side through injury.

One man who clearly has fond memories of the former Man Utd number nine is Scott McTominay, the Scotland international breaking into the United first team during Zlatan’s time at the club, and when asked on his thoughts on the Swede, the midfielder simply said: “Ruthless. I’m not going to say too much more than that,” he told UEFA.com.

“Good professional, worked hard, 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 the positive – I can be [tough to be around] as well.”

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