Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hit out at Manchester United after they sacked Ole Gunnar Solskajer.
Ibrahimovic is still plying his trade with AC Milan in Serie A but spent two seasons at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho.
The Swedish superstar helped United win the Europa League and EFL Cup during his spell with the club, scoring two goals in the final of the latter to record a 3-2 win over Southampton.
And while Ibrahimovic is fond of his time in Manchester, he has some home truths for how United constantly hark back to the glory days.
“I had a great experience in England,” he told The Guardian. “Manchester United are an amazing club and we won a couple of trophies.
“[But] they talk too much about the past. When I went there I said: ‘I’m here to focus on the present and to make my own story.’ But when you have too much it becomes like a loop. You have to think about the present or you should go to a hospital and clean your head.”
United cleared their head in a way by relieving Solskjaer of his managerial duties after their 4-1 defeat at Watford.
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And while Pochettino may be keen to return to the Premier League after his successful time with Tottenham, Ibrahimovic thinks the English top-flight is somewhat overrated.
“The quality is overrated in a technical way,” he added. “But the Premier League has different qualities – the pace, the rhythm. You can be the best player in the world but if you cannot handle that pace and rhythm [you won’t succeed].
“In Spain, France, Italy, the technique is better. That’s why there are so many foreigners in the Premier League. They bring the technical [aspect].”
Having won Ligue 1, Serie A, La Liga and the Eredivisie, Ibrahimovic is in a strong position to pass judgement on the top leagues across Europe.
But he insists he is not ready to hang up his boots just yet despite turning 41 next year.
“It’s not easy,” he said. “Every day I wake up, I have pain everywhere.
“This morning I had pain everywhere but as long as I have objectives, as long as I have adrenaline, I keep going. I know I’m coming to something good. I’m coming to somewhere I need to work to keep myself at the top.
“I will keep doing it as long as I can. I don’t want to have that regret if I stop and then, in a couple of years, I’m sitting with you and saying: ‘I could have continued because I was feeling good.’ It’s better to be totally finished and say: ‘I cannot do it any more.’ But I can still do it and I am doing it.
“It’s not about contracts or being famous. I don’t need that. The only thing that keeps me going is the adrenaline because every morning I have pain everywhere. But getting two more followers will not heal you. Getting more money will not heal you. Getting attention will not heal you. What will heal you is adrenaline.
“I don’t have problems suffering. For me, to suffer is like breakfast. But many people don’t understand suffering because the new generation, with all these platforms, have to do little to get credit. The generation before that you had to do a lot to get a little. I’m very proud I came from the old generation.”