On fire Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic in­dis­pens­able to Man Utd

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MANCH­ESTER:

Manch­ester United striker Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic has per­formed so well that he has made him­self vir­tu­ally un­drop­pable this sea­son ac­cord­ing to man­ager Jose Mour­inho. The 35-yearold for­mer Swedish in­ter­na­tional has found the net 14 times in all com­pe­ti­tions for United this sea­son af­ter he joined from French cham­pi­ons Paris St Ger­main on a free trans­fer.

Ibrahi­movic has also played in more matches than any of United’s other strik­ers this sea­son, fea­tur­ing in 24 of their 26 games so far, and will start up front in the Premier League clash with in-form West Bromwich Al­bion to­day.

“Is it al­most im­pos­si­ble to leave him out? Yes, it is,” said Mour­inho at the eve of match press con­fer­ence yesterday. “As a striker he is one of the im­pos­si­ble po­si­tions where you can­not hide.

“He is phe­nom­e­nal and plays again to­mor­row (Satur­day) and then one week to rest. “I am not sur­prised at all. I knew from the phys­i­cal point of view he could re­sist but ob­vi­ously he can­not play 60 matches.” Mour­inho, who en­joyed a good re­la­tion­ship with Ibrahi­movic at In­ter Mi­lan when he was in charge there, said he would need to rest him but he was such an in­te­gral part of the side it was hard to omit him.

“I must give him a rest. I must leave him out a game,” said Mour­inho. “He was sus­pended against Ar­se­nal. So that game he did not play. “In some matches in the Europa League he was on the bench, also against Northamp­ton (in the EFL Cup).

“So now and again I will find him a way to give him a rest. “But as our tar­get striker we can see he is the only one. And the way we nor­mally play we need him.”

‘A GREAT EX­AM­PLE IN EV­ERY­THING’

Mour­inho said Ibrahi­movic is also a great ex­am­ple to United’s young­sters with the man­ner in which he con­ducts him­self in matches and on the train­ing ground.

“He is a great ex­am­ple in ev­ery as­pect he is very pro­fes­sional,” said the 53-yearold Por­tuguese. “Great also with his fam­ily life and on keep­ing his fam­ily life the most pos­i­tive and pri­vate. “He is a great ex­am­ple in ev­ery­thing and when you have him and Michael Car­rick at 35 the kids could not have bet­ter ex­am­ples.”

Mour­inho’s West Brom coun­ter­part Tony Pulis is presently the high­est placed Bri­tish man­ager in the Premier League with his side sev­enth, four points be­hind United in sixth.

Mour­inho be­lieves Bri­tish man­agers do not get the recog­ni­tion they de­serve for their achieve­ments com­pared to him and other big name for­eign man­agers now in charge of Premier League clubs.

“In English foot­ball there are dif­fer­ent kinds of pro­files,” he said.

“Tony (Pulis) got tro­phies ev­ery­where in ev­ery club. “He was not rel­e­gated with Stoke, it’s a tro­phy. He was not rel­e­gated with West Brom, it’s an­other tro­phy. Not rel­e­gated with Palace it’s an­other tro­phy. And so on, and so on.

“So he has lots of tro­phies. By tro­phies I mean reach the tar­get and he did that. “Like some, never rel­e­gated, that is a big tro­phy.

“You are not ex­pect­ing some of the clubs he man­ages to be the cham­pion. So for me, yes, English (sic) man­agers are not looked at as they should be.” — AFP

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