Milan veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic has opened up on the knee injury that he had suffered during his time at Manchester United.
Ibrahimovic has turned 40 today and while he remains out of action for the Rossoneri, the Swede is still very much active in the goalscoring department for the Diavolo.
He spoke to Milan TV on his birthday and he talked about the serious knee injury that he picked up at United under Jose Mourinho.
The Swede stated: “I grew up after that incident. It taught me to have patience, to control my nerves and emotions and I came back stronger. How have I changed my game? It is linked to age and your physical attributes, I cannot play like I used to play 5, 10 or 15 years ago. I cannot play like that today because I adapt to ideas and to my team’s way of playing and I try to help them in the best way.”
He also spoke about Fabio Capello in glowing terms and stated: “He’s the coach who massacred me the most, who totally changed my way of playing, my mentality. He lifted me up and slaughtered me, raised me up and slaughtered me. At first, I didn’t understand what he wanted from me, but it was a way of manipulating me to bring out the best and for me it was fuel to show that I was the best of all. He taught me that respect is not obtained, it is conquered.”