Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted that his team were not good enough to be No.1 right now. The star player was defending manager Jose Mourinho, and insisted that he was doing his maximum with the team.
If United manage to not lose to Sunderland on Sunday, it would mean the club has been unbeaten for 21 matches in a row now. Yet, the English giants sit sixth in the Premier League table. As a result, manager Mourinho is facing harsh criticism from all around.
Swedish striker Ibrahimovic has come to his defence though, saying it was the team that wasn’t good enough. “I think the coach is doing the absolute maximum with the team he has. Two hundred per cent. If we were good enough to be No 1, we would be No 1 in the table,” the Daily Mail reported him as saying.
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The duo worked together at Inter Milan, winning the Serie A title. They have enjoyed a very strong rapport this season, reminding Red Devils’ fans of the Sir Alex Ferguson- Roy Keane combination.
On the Portuguese, Zlatan said, “He still has the same winning mentality, because that you don’t lose. When you have it, you have it. It is nothing you learn or can try to be. Either you are, or you are not,” the Daily Mail reported.
Mourinho has also exempted the former Barcelona man from his sharp tongue, something which the younger players are experiencing off late. Zlatan has also admired this style of the former Real Madrid manager. “I know him very well. He is direct in his work. He likes to look into your eyes and tell you if you’re s*** or not. I prefer that.
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“He sends you the message he is thinking and he is the boss, he decides and controls the situation. It is the way it works and I am from the old generation, which I think was more like that,” he added.
Mourinho himself has defended his actions, saying it is learning curve for the youngsters. “We want the young boys to play and to perform. At the same time, the best teams want to win and it is difficult to win with the learning curve of the young boys,” he said.