Zlatan Ibrahimovic has urged Jose Mourinho to “stand up for what he is doing”, saying they are both victims of “personal” criticism.
The former Manchester United striker helped Mourinho win the EFL Cup and the Europa League in their first season at Old Trafford in 2016-17, scoring 28 goals after signing on a free transfer.
But Mourinho has not won a trophy since, with Ibrahimovic having departed for LA Galaxy the following year after injury and the arrival of Romelu Lukaku.
Now in his third season, Mourinho has equalled United’s worst start to a Premier League campaign and come under scrutiny over his relationship with Paul Pogba.
Mourinho claims he is the victim of a “manhunt”, while the club maintain he has the support of the board.
“Everybody criticizes Mourinho and I don’t think it’s because of the results, it’s because of the character, because of the way he is,” Ibrahimovic, known for his own outspoken attitude, tells Sky Sports News.
“I see myself also a little bit in that situation, we have our confidence, we believe in things, we say certain things. In our own way.”