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Zlatan Ibrahimovic blasts Man Utd for ‘deducting £1 from wages’

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taken a swipe at former club Manchester United claiming they have a "small mentality".

The Swede scored 29 goals in 53 appearances in an otherwise enjoyable two-year spell at Old Trafford, but was taken aback by some decisions the club made.

According to extracts publicised by Sportbladet, this included deducting a pound from his salary after he took a fruit juice from the mini-bar of a hotel.

"I'm not saying that everything should be free, but a fruit juice… And you say you are one of the world's biggest clubs?" he wrote in his new book 'Adrenalina'.

The 40-year-old also revealed that when Wayne Rooney left the club, his nameplate in the locker room went down the same day "as if he never existed".

Elsewhere in the book, Ibrahimovic says he ruined special plans the club had to unveil him on social media after signing on a free transfer from Paris Saint Germain in 2016.

After getting tired of negotiations, the striker wrote on social media that he was joining Man United in a move that infuriated both his agent Mino Raiola and United's CEO Ed Woodward.

"They had planned a surprise campaign and a presentation with special effects à la Hollywood. And I ruined everything with an update on social media," he wrote.

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"I was so tired of the negotiations that I did not think that Manchester was listed. You may not make similar publications if the matter is not clear. Hell broke loose. Mino wanted to kill me."

He said he received an angry message from Woodward telling him that he'd "ruined a five million pound promotional plan".

Ibrahimovic left United for LA Galaxy in 2018 before sealing a return to AC Milan two years later.

The veteran striker has made a blistering start to the current campaign, scoring six goals in nine league games so far.

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