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Mourinho praises Zlatan's commitment

Mourinho praises Zlatan's 'people skills' ahead of Premier League debut

August 10, 2016 By Oscar Rojas
The Portuguese boss hinted that some of the team's youngest players, including Marcus Rashford, will benefit from the Swede's experience on the long run.

If you thought Zlatan was too hot to handle, then you have to think again.

Speaking in an interview with BT Sport, Manchester United's coach José Mourinho revealed that one of Zlatan's top qualities is his ability to develop a great relationship with his team-mates.

"I think probably the other players are surprised. Probably a bit with his commitment and motivation because we are speaking about a 34-year-old man that won so much in his career, but probably even more surprised with the person. He is a good guy. What he looks like, it is not what he is," Mourinho stated.

"The words he says, he says for fun. He is the guy capable to go to the kitman and say ‘please give a towel to God’ and then laugh, laugh, laugh, laugh and laugh. The image he sells is not him, he is a good guy," the coach added.

Zlatan scored the game-winning goal for Manchester United last Sunday against Leicester City in the FA Community Shield match.

Since they worked together at Inter Milan back in 2008, both Mourinho and Zlatan revealed their desire to work with each other again. Now, the Swedish striker will be able to provide something that Man United lacked, according to the Portuguese manager.

"We are so happy to have him and for two years, probably the last two years of his career, he probably couldn’t find a bigger league to finish his career and we couldn’t find a better striker in this moment of our building process of our team. We couldn’t find a better striker than him to give us the stability we need," Mourinho analyzed.

In fact, Zlatan's talent will also benefit some of his younger team-mates. Particularly, Mourinho referred to Marcus Rashford as one of the players that will be able to learn a lot from the Swedish ace.

"He is brilliant with the young boys. I think for Rashford this is a gift. People can say he is not going to play every game from the start, like in the second part of last season, but this is a gift for the kid, too," Mourinho concluded.

Mourinho will make his EPL debut with Manchester United next Sunday, when the Red Devils face Bournemouth in Week one of the English top flight.

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