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Paul Pogba needs guidance at Man United, says Zlatan

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Paul Pogba needs guidance at Manchester United according to his former teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Swede joined United in the same transfer window as Paul Pogba and admitted that despite having the same management company he didn’t know the France international.

Pogba has been heavily criticised since rejoining United back in 2016 but Ibrahimovic believes Pogba is a ‘fantastic footballer’ and the partnership he struck up with him made the 37-year-old feel like Benjamin Button.

“I had a good time because I got to know everyone, I was the mature guy with all these guys who were not mature,” Ibrahimovic told BBC Sport.

“Paul Pogba, I had never played with him before and I didn’t know him as a person. We have the same management and when I got to know him I got to find a fantastic person and a fantastic footballer, but someone who needs to be guided.

Pogba and Zlatan

“He is a professional guy that works every game and never misses training or a game. Those are all the things that people do not see, you only get judged by what you can see on television or the 90 minutes in the stadium, that’s where you have to perform.

“When you click with someone it just clicks. The connection on the field was amazing, we helped each other very well, I needed him and he needed me. The first year at United we had a fantastic year.

“They made me feel like Benjamin Button. I was getting younger and younger, then unfortunately I got my injury.”

Ibrahimovic also revealed he missed all of his United teammates having made the decision to move to LA Galaxy earlier this year.