Ibrahimovic: New generation do not work as hard

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Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic feels the younger generation of players have not had to work as hard as he did to reach the top.

Ibrahimovic has enjoyed a glittering career, winning domestic league titles in four countries and playing for some of Europe's biggest clubs.

And the former Sweden international, 35, believes his veteran status gives him a greater appreciation of those achievements.

"I am working hard, I like the hard work, I am very happy that I am from the old generation, the hard-working generation," Ibrahimovic told Sky Sports.

"I believe the new generation, let's say it is a bit easier for them, because they get explored in the media in a different way, much bigger, much faster than when I popped up in the football world.

"I met team-mates, played with different teams, and they worked hard to get what they got and achieve.

"I do not want to say it is totally different, but I do not see the same hard-working thing when I see the new generation.

"Like you say, when I come I like to work hard, and when I work hard I am satisfied. I know I am doing something good, but for myself, not for somebody else to say: 'Oh Ibra you are working hard'."

Ibrahimovic has scored 13 goals in 19 Premier League appearances for United this season.