- Former Barcelona star Ibrahimovic reveals he wanted to play for Man United for free
- He spent about 18 months at Old Trafford where he won Europa League title in his debut season
- The 36-year-old made a switch to MLS side earlier this year after being relegated to the bench
LA Galaxy superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed that he offered to play for Manchester United for free on his return from his knee injury.
The former Sweden striker joined the Red Devils in the summer of 2016 but left to join the Major League Soccer side in the middle of 2017-18 season due to limited playing time.
During his stay at Old Trafford, he scored 28 goals in all appearances for Jose Mourinho's side before suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury against Anderlecht in the Europa League quarter-final.
However, on his return from injury in November 2017, he never really looked really fit as he never hit the form he operated on in his debut season at the club.
Zlatan made seven appearances last season and scored one goal before joining LA Galaxy on a free transfer in March.
Before quitting the Old Trafford outfit earlier this year, the former Barcelona forward said he told Mourinho to allow him play for free, despite earning a staggering £367,640-a-week.
He told the BBC: "The situation was not about having a contract and earning money - it was the opposite.
“I said, ‘I don't want a salary, you keep it’. When I was ready, I said to myself, ‘I am not there’.
"They had a Zlatan before, after, I was not ready to be that Zlatan.
"I was selected in many of the games but I told the coach ‘Listen, I am not ready. I don't want to disappoint you’.
"The respect I have for my team-mates and the coach ‘select someone else who can do the job better’. I stood up and did it, even if I am Zlatan."
Legit.ng previously reported that LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic tipped Sweden to win 2018 FIFA World Cup staging in Russia.
The 36-year-old is missing in this summer's event having hanged his international boots after the 2016 UEFA European Championship in France.
He scored a record 62 goals in 116 appearances for the Swedish national team during his 15-year reign, though he wanted to come out of retirement for this championship but the coach refused to include him in his list.
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