Ibrahimovic to United: 5 of the biggest egos to join Red Devils

Sport360 staff 30/06/2016

In true Zlatan Ibrahimovic style, the Swede announced his move to Manchester United on Thursday after weeks of tormenting the media with teasing comments.

The former Paris Saint-Germain man made the announcement on is official Instagram account – iamzlatanibrahimovic.

Ibrahimovic is known and even largely likened for his ego but he won’t be the first to walk through Old Trafford with his head in the clouds.

Here, we take a look at five other United players in the past who sported massive egos for better or worse…

ERIC CANTONA

If there’s anyone United fans would like Ibraimovic to emulate, it’s Eric Cantona. He had one of the biggest egos in football but Ferguson managed him brilliantly and he became the catalyst for a glorious era for the club.

ROY KEANE

Roy Keane was undoubtedly one of the finest leaders to wear the armband at Manchester United. However, he was also merciless with his criticism and that came to the fore in a shocking interview with the club’s channel that never aired.

Rio Ferdinand was among the players he called out while also questioning the standard of Ferguson’s preseason training.

GEORGE BEST

He was a stunning footballer with the looks and appeal of a rockstar and the worst part was – he knew it. His ego was fed by the adulation he received which often translated to nights out on the town.

CARLOS TEVEZ

Before his tantrum at Manchester City when he refused to go on the pitch as a substitute under Roberto Mancini and subsequently flew to Argentina without notice, there were instances of his egotistical nature at Old Trafford too.

On one occasion, he ran towards the dugout after scoring and cupped his ears, hinting to Sir Alex Ferguson that he deserved more playing time.

CRISTIANO RONALDO

There’s no denying that Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players to ever grace a football pitch. He’s always had a huge ego but unlike best, channeled it to become a supreme athlete. He may not always be a team player but without that massive ego, one argue that he wouldn’t be anywhere near as good as he is.

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How the Reds' raids on St Mary's have fared so far at Anfield

Sport360 staff 28/06/2016
Liverpool's new stars.

Liverpool have completed the signing of Sadio Mane from Southampton for £34 million, rising to £36 million.

However, this isn’t not the first time they’ve dipped into the Saints’ talent pool.

Here, we look back at how four of Liverpool’s recent signings from Southampton have fared at Anfield.

RICKIE LAMBERT (£4million, June 2014 )

The big striker was bought as a back-up to provide a plan B but he never suited then manager Brendan Rodgers’ system and while his story of returning to a club which released him as a youngster was heart-warming, three goals in 36 matches (most as a substitute) underlined the mistake. He was sold to West Bromwich Albion last summer for £3m.

ADAM LALLANA (£25m, July 2014 )

The England international’s acrimonious departure from the Saints did not help his settling-in process and an injury in pre-season delayed his debut and left him playing catch-up. Only under Jurgen Klopp in the second half of last season did he begin to show the sort of form he consistently produced at Southampton.

DEJAN LOVREN (£20m, July 2014 )

The centre-back was brought in to provide some much-needed leadership following the retirement of stalwart Jamie Carragher but the Croatia international struggled with the responsibility.

His form was inconsistent and contributed to the assumption that Liverpool were vulnerable at set-pieces. He has improved markedly over the last 12 months and is starting to play a more commanding role.

NATHANIEL CLYNE (£12.5m, July 2015 )

Arrived as first-choice right-back and produced consistent, if not spectacular, performances in his maiden season and emerged as a valid contender for the position at international level alongside Tottenham Hotspur’s Kyle Walker. Further development is expected from the 25-year-old.

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United stars feature in cringeworthy Independence Day trailer

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Manchester United fans have been less than impressed with their team’s performances on the pitch over the last three seasons and would be forgiven for looking away again when they see the new Independence Day: Resurgence trailer.

The trailer, uploaded to the 20th Century Fox UK YouTube channel on Tuesday, features captain Wayne Rooney leading Ashley Young, Chris Smalling, Juan Mata and Daley Blind into battle against extraterrestrials, in fighter jets no less.

The part where they justify their inclusion by listing their past accolades is particularly embarrassing while Jeff Goldblum constantly mispronouncing Blind’s name is possibly the only mildly amusing anecdote.

Rooney’s recent appearance in a promo for X-Men: Apocalypse was widely ridiculed and this latest movie trailer isn’t doing the club any favours either.










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