Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s personality sets him apart, says Manchester United’s Juan Mata

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Juan Mata has praised Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his impact off the pitch since joining Manchester United this summer.

Still the best: Mata says this unique trait sets Ibrahimovic apart

The Swedish striker moved to Old Trafford in the most recent transfer window after a successful four-year spell with Paris Saint-Germain, which saw him win four consecutive Ligue 1 titles and break club records for goals scored.

But Mata has revealed the former AC Milan man brought more with him to Manchester than his on-the-field accomplishments.

“He has brought a lot of things to the team, not just his mentality, but his way of understanding football, his way of behaving with the players in the dressing room,” Mata told talkSPORT.

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“He is always pushing buttons in the right moment and in the right way trying to motivate everyone and he is a very funny guy so he is a very good addition for the team.

“He is always joking, always doing banter and pushing the buttons in the right moment in the right way to the right persons. It is good for the dressing room, this character.”

Ibrahimovic has, indeed, produced on the field as well. The 35-year-old former Barcelona and Inter man leads United with eight goals from 17 appearances on the young season.

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And Mata hailed his abilities on the pitch, saying: “It is very difficult to have all things that he has.

“When people say this is the next Messi, or the next Cristiano, or the next Ibrahimovic, or the next Rooney, or whoever it is, it is very difficult because they are one of a kind.

“He has great physical strength combined with great quality, great flexibility, great movement and reading of the game, so he has almost everything.

“He has as well a strong personality, which has helped him a lot through the years. He says all the time that he really feels it his mentality that sets him apart.

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“I am very happy that he is here because I am always happy to play with great players during my career and obviously he is one of the best strikers in the game.”

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