Manchester United’s players have been told: Give 200 per cent not just 100 if you want to succeed under Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho’s man-management has raised eyebrows with virtually all of his squad at some point being on the receiving end of his tough love.
But Zlatan Ibrahimovic has explained what the Special One demands from his players, having been a favourite when he worked with the current United boss at Inter Milan as well as Old Trafford.
Mourinho described the Swedish talisman as an extension of his right arm and Ibrahimovic said on the BBC’s Football Daily: “I think he means by the mental part. The mentality and the discipline I bring to the locker room.
“The way you train is the way you play your game. There is no relaxing in training. “There is no don’t give 100 per cent in training, and that is who Jose Mourinho is. He wants that. He wants from you, not 100 per cent but 200 per cent.
“He wants you, worst case scenario, you should stand there and still give 200 per cent.
“If you have a little bit of pain in your leg you don’t feel that when you go on the field.
“That is the mentality he brings and what I believe in also and what I bring.
“That is why I was his extended arm, making it longer than he could but in the locker room among the players.”