ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC says he was forced to tell Jose Mourinho that he was not fit enough to play for Manchester United.
Ibrahimovic left Manchester United in March and joined MLS side LA Galaxy after one-and-a-half-years at the club.
The 36-year-old suffered a serious knee injury in April 2017 and made a quicker than expected return to action in December but Ibrahimovic made just seven more appearances for United in 2017/18 as he suffered a recurrence of the knee injury.
In his 53 appearances for United, Ibrahimovic scored 29 goals.
And the former Barcelona, AC Milan and Ajax striker has opened up on his final days at Old Trafford and how he had to be honest to Mourinho about his fitness.
He told BBC Sport: “The mind can be ready but the knee was not ready.
“When I was ready, I said to myself ‘I am not there’.
“They had a Zlatan before. After, I was not ready to be that Zlatan.
“I was selected in many of the games but I told the coach: ‘Listen, I am not ready. I don’t want to disappoint you. The respect I have for my team-mates and the coach. Select someone else who can do the job better.’
“I stood up and did it, even if I am Zlatan.”
Ibrahimovic has since settled into life in the MLS with the Galaxy, scoring 11 goals in 14 games.