Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues to have a big influence over the Manchester United squad despite being released by the club, according to midfielder Paul Pogba.

The Swedish striker’s one-year contract at Old Trafford expired at the end of the 2016-17 season, but he has remained at the club’s training complex while recovering from a knee ligament injury sustained in April.

“Obviously Zlatan is a leader, always a big leader, and he’s a big leader because he’s still in the team,” said Pogba. “Even when he’s not playing, he’s a leader outside of the pitch.”

“I’ve been playing for one season,” he said. “I came here to hopefully be a leader in the team and that’s not the objective but that’s how you should be.

“I’ve been here, we won, and you want to grow up as a player and a leader as well. I can learn from him [Ibrahimovic], from Carras [Carrick], and all the other players and become a leader.”

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