Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jose: I Needed a Character in Side, So I Signed Zlatan

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jose: I Needed a Character in Side, So I Signed Zlatan

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JOSE Mourinho signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his 'super personality' as much as his footballing talent.

The United boss has revealed he wanted to replicate the kind of influence wielded by Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Roy Keane when he recruited the Swedish striker from Paris St Germain in the summer.

Mourinho was aware the squad he inherited from Louis van Gaal - Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick apart - lacked dominant characters.

The veteran Ibrahimovic - who is expected to sign a one-year contract extension at Old Trafford - fulfilled that role and has also displayed his ability by leading the Reds' scoring.

"You have to adapt to the reality of the club, its needs and its demands," Mourinho said. "It is called being intelligent. The priority is to establish relations of peace and love in a group, to create stability. …

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