Mour­inho hopes Ibrahi­movic stays at United

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY ROB HAR­RIS THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Six months into their first sea­sons at Manch­ester United, Jose Mour­inho and Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic have col­lected their first win­ners’ medals.

Just how long this part­ner­ship of se­rial win­ners en­dures at United re­mains un­cer­tain.

There’s lit­tle doubt Mour­inho wants Ibrahi­movic to com­mit to stay­ing at United into next sea­son, es­pe­cially af­ter the 35-year-old striker’s dou­ble clinched the League Cup with a 3-2 vic­tory over Southampton on Sun­day.

But Mour­inho hopes the sup­port­ers will take di­rect ac­tion to con­vince the Swede to sign the con­tract ex­ten­sion the club has of­fered.

“I never beg for a player to sign a con­tract,” said Mour­inho, who pre­vi­ously coached Ibrahi­movic at In­ter Mi­lan. “One day Zla­tan de­cided to go to Barcelona. I was very sad but I did noth­ing to try stop him from go­ing.

“So I don’t beg for play­ers but if needed I think maybe United fans can go to the door of his house and stay there and stay there all night if needed. I think they will go for sure. ”

Es­pe­cially af­ter see­ing the veteran take his United tally to 26 goals while younger cap­tain Wayne Rooney was rel­e­gated to a non-play­ing role on the bench at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium. Rooney reaf­firmed his fu­ture to United last week, rather than mov­ing to China be­fore its dead­line-day on Tues­day, but it is a com­mit­ment from Ibrahi­movic that the club is keener to hear.

“We will be­lieve that he is go­ing to stay with us one more sea­son,” Mour­inho said.

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