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My kids, Jose Mourinho pestered me to join Manchester United: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic

London: EFL Cup final hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he would never have signed for Manchester United if his children and Jose Mourinho had not persuaded him to.

The Swede scored United's opener and winner in a 3-2 victory over Southampton at Wembley on Sunday with his boss Mourinho joking that supporters should "go to the door of his house" to encourage him to stay at Old Trafford for another season.

He revealed though that without the influence of Mourinho, and his kids badgering him, he would never have gone to United in the first place.

Asked about his plans for next season, Ibrahimovic said: "Let's see what happens. I think in your career you have moments. I did not come to England before because it was not the moment. I came when I thought it was the moment and the moment was there. If we speak about the coach, England, the Premier League, the club has to thank him because he called me and asked me to come here, otherwise I would not have been here.

"Even my two kids wanted to see me play for United. I had my mind somewhere else then Jose called. I have a special relationship with him. When he called it was basically, 'tell me what number I should wear'. My mind was not here. Then my kids started to bump my head and Jose called, then I am here," Ibrahimovic said.

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