Football news - Zlatan Ibrahimovic reveals advice to struggling Lindelof after tough United start

'Stop being friendly!' - Zlatan reveals advice to struggling Lindelof after tough United start

06/02/2019 at 17:37Updated 06/02/2019 at 18:46

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed what he told Victor Lindelof after the defender's tough start at Manchester United.

After signing for £31million in 2017 the Swede struggle to adapt to life in the Premier League and also under manager Jose Mourinho.

Ibrahimovic, on the other hand, excelled at Old Trafford and finished as the club’s top scorer for the season.

And the striker told his countryman what he felt was going wrong with his approach.

"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," Ibrahimovic told BetHard. "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. I think he has more confidence when he plays.

"Hopefully he can continue and be strong mentally because I don’t think it’s about the quality, it’s more in the head.

"I’ve always said 50 per cent is in your head. It doesn’t matter how good you are, if you can’t make it mentally, you will not survive."

Lindelof has since started getting more first-team action under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who replaced Mourinho in December, with the team now on the cusp of the Champions League places.