Ibrahimovic expresses confidence in under-fire Mourinho


The former United striker has rallied behind his ex-manager and believes the Portuguese is only being let down by an under-performing side.

In an interview with The Mirror , the Swede expressed confidence in the under-fire manager who he believes is the perfect coach at Manchester United.

Ibrahimovic played two seasons at Old Trafford under Mourinho, a spell that delivered an Europa League title, an EFL cup win and the FA Community shield.

Now plying his trade in the MLS at LA Galaxy the Swedish forward believes Mourinho can deliver a Premier League title for Manchester United albeit warning that the United boss can not do much if his side continue to play woefully.

The Red Devils boss has come under intense pressure this season as the manager is believed to have lost the trust of most his players including star player Paul Pogba.

It is rumored that a host of the club’s stars are unwilling to continue under the ‘Special One’ with most of them reluctant to discuss fresh contract terms with the club unless the Portuguese manager is relieved of his post.

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However, the Manchester United board have backed Jose to continue as the team’s manager dismissing any rumours of sacking him.

Ibrahimovic also shares the same belief tagging Mourinho as the perfect choice for the club suggesting that the two-time Champions league winner is doing well at the club and that the team is improving.

“I think he has the ability to win [the Premier League].

“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.”

United finished in second position behind Manchester City last season and already sit seven points adrift of their city neighbors this season in eighth position winning just four of their eight games played so far.

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The Red Devils needed a stoppage time winner from Alexis Sanchez to edge out Newcastle last time and return to action after the international break with a challenging visit to Chelsea

The LA Galaxy striker recently celebrated his 37th birthday and even at that age the ex-Barcelona, Milan and Internazionale striker is still banging goals in the MLS, with an impressive 21 goals from 25 league outings including an acrobatic strike to reach 500 professional career goals for club and country

Ibrahimovic hailed Mourinho as a special manager and possessing a “winning mentality” that has seen him excel in his roles at Inter, Porto, Real Madrid and Chelsea.

He said: “Why is Mourinho so special? First of all because he’s a winner – he has this winner mentality. He does everything to win.

“He knows the game. He reads the game well. He manipulates, not the game, but the minds of his own players.

“I remember when he came first time in Inter, he made everybody give 200 per cent – but not for the team, not for the club, for him.

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“And that for me makes him very special, because when he came out on the big stage he was something different.

“He was not that classical coach. I remember I had [Fabio] Capello. Capello was hard, was discipline, was respect. Mourinho brought that but at the same time brought something else: character.

“He had different character, this way of expressing himself.”

Ibrahimovic being Ibrahimovic also emphasized on the the manager’s attitude and approach dismissing any suggestions that Mourinho is arrogant and referenced himself saying: “He was confident, not arrogant, because people say ‘arrogance’, I have the same thing, people say I’m arrogant, but I don’t call it arrogant, I call it confident.

“Because when you are confident, it means you are not powerful, but you are pretty sure for who you are.

“That is not arrogance, it is different. Ignorant call it arrogant, the intelligent call it confident.”