Manchester United could very well lose the chance of acquiring Swedish ace Zlatan Ibrahimovic should they decide to keep current manager Louis van Gaal.
Ibrahimovic has not made a new contract with his current team, Paris Saint-Germain. Most speculate that he would consider a switch to the Premier League, with Old Trafford as the top choice if Jose Mourinho was in charge as the pair was close.
The same, however, could not be said of the 34-year old and current United manager Louis van Gaal.
Ibrahimovic, who scored but missed a penalty against Manchester City in the Champions League, played at Ajax while Van Gaal was sporting director. The Dutchman resigned soon after selling the striker to Juventus in 2004.
In his book, I Am Zlatan, Ibrahimovic described Van Gaal as “a pompous ass” and last year added: “The way he is working is not the way I work.”
With United one of the clubs now interested in signing Ibrahimovic if he does not sign a new deal at PSG, a friend of the player has claimed he would “not walk through the door” if Van Gaal stays at Old Trafford.
Ibrahimovic, on the other hand, has made no secret of the fact he would jump at the chance of working with Mourinho again following a short spell under the former Chelsea manager at Inter Milan.
He also slated the Portugese manager for success should the “Special One” chooses to move to United.
“Jose will be a success anywhere he coaches, that is just the man he is,” Ibrahimovic had told reporters after PSG’s 2-2 Champions League quarter-final draw with City.
“I respect him because he says whatever he wants, but when you listen to him what he says is always right.”
“Of course he is a coach that has much knowledge, but it is more than that, he also really cares,” he added. “That is why players who play for him are ready to die for him. He cares, so you care.”