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Zlatan Ibrahimovic sets a surprising target for Mourinho’s Man United

mourinho confirms ibrahimovic's exit

The Swede has thrown his weight behind the beleaguered manager, saying that United can still win the Premier League title under the Portugese

Mourinho was seemingly on the cusp of getting sacked by Old Trafford chiefs, only for his team to rally from two goals down at half-time against struggling Newcastle United to win 3-2 at home and earn him a reprieve

This had followed a brutal few weeks that saw United make their worst league start in 29 years, and led to reports that United higher-ups were no longer on the same page as the manager.

Reports prior to the game against the Magpies had claimed that Mourinho would be sacked regardless of the result, but the manner of their comeback win and the fact that it was led by key player who were supposedly in a rift with the former Real Madrid manager, like Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez, has bought him some precious time heading into the international break.

But there are still lingering feelings that all is not well as yet for the 55-year-old, thanks to public spats with players, boardroom battles and a failure to sign top transfer targets, which have undoubtedly contributed to the club’s worse start to a season since 1989/90, under the great Sir Alex Ferguson.

However, Ibrahimovic, who played for two years for the Red Devils before joining LA Galaxy, has backed his former manager to deliver titles.

“I think he has the ability to win (the Premier League)” said the Swede, speaking to BetHard. “I think he is the right coach for that club, for that team.

“But a coach is only as good as his team, so it’s not like he can do miracles if the team is not good enough.”

“And I feel the team is good – it’s progressing, becoming better. This is his third year, the players know more and more the way he wants to play and how he wants it – so I believe, yes.”

The two have always been close confidants of each other ever since the former Sweden captain played under Mourinho for one season at Inter Milan.

Author’s take:

Again, it is no surprise that Zlatan has jumped to the defence of his beloved manager, for the two have been very close for years. It is best to wait and watch what unfolds at Old Trafford, but the board and chiefs have to figure it out soon to get this historical club back on track.


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