Zla­tan con­fi­dent of winning Premier League with Man Utd

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will go.

He is try­ing to pro­voke the cur­rent squad to get more out of them and those that don’t raise their game will be sold off. He now knows that four sum­mer re­cruits was nowhere near enough to boost the qual­ity and prefers to work with a small num­ber so he must re­move the chaff.

While he does this, there are bound to be prob­lems and be­low­par per­for­mances, and he’s prob­a­bly al­ready set his sights lower than the ti­tle this sea­son. But he knows that as long as there’s some im­prove­ment by the spring, he’ll be safe in the job.

The Glaz­ers and Ed Wood­ward won’t sack him – they even stood by Moyes and LVG longer than seemed de­cent – so they’ll stick with Mour­inho for as long as it takes.

And the man him­self will also be acutely aware that if he were to fail in his dream job, his legacy would be tar­nished and his job prospects dam­aged. He would be seen as past his sell-by date and not Spe­cial any more.

But he’s wag­ing an in­ter­nal war to prove that he still is. Com­pe­ti­tion is fiercer than he’s ever known but it’s the sec­ond sea­son when he tra­di­tion­ally wins ti­tles. It could just be that he’s got the se­quence re­versed this time. ZLA­TAN IBRAHIMOVIC (car­i­ca­ture) is sure he will win the Premier League with Manch­ester United and says his per­for­mances will im­prove once he picks up the rhythm of the English game.

The 35-year-old has scored six league goals since the start of the sea­son, in­clud­ing two against Swansea City at the week­end that ended a two-month league drought.

United have stut­tered in the first months of Jose Mour­inho’s reign at Old Traf­ford and are sixth in the ta­ble, and while not giv­ing up on the ti­tle, Ibrahimovic said the team need to im­prove to challenge the likes of early pace set­ters Liver­pool Chelsea and Manch­ester City. “If I could win the Premier League, the next day I would stop play­ing foot­ball... al­most. Hope­fully I can win it, and I will win it,” he told the club’s web­site. (www.manutd.com)

“We have been a lit­tle bit un­lucky in cer­tain games, but we be­lieve. When you be­lieve it will come.”

Ibrahimovic said the fact that United have failed to mount a ti­tle challenge in three sea­sons of de­cline after the re­tire­ment of Alex Fer­gu­son means they must work even harder to re­store their place at the top of English foot­ball.

“From just below to the top, I think there is a big dif­fer­ence. After a cou­ple of years if you haven’t been on the top of the ta­ble you no­tice it, you feel it. That’s what we are work­ing for,” he said.

“I’ve missed pretty good chances, which I don’t (usu­ally) see my­self do­ing, but it’s a dif­fer­ent game here.

“I know I can do more, I know the team can do more. I want to do more. I will do more. We’re in that first phase where you get to know each other, where you get to know the game also.”

Ibrahimovic has won ti­tles in four dif­fer­ent coun­tries and played at Ajax Am­s­ter­dam, Ju­ven­tus, In­ter Mi­lan, Barcelona and AC Mi­lan. The Swede has won a tro­phy in each sea­son since 2001.

“I think the club is mas­sive. I’ve played in other mas­sive clubs. Ev­ery club I played (for) is mas­sive. If it was not mas­sive, it be­came mas­sive when I came, so same thing,” he added.

“You can see the in­ten­tion of what the club is do­ing is not lo­cal, it’s global, to reach out world­wide. And in that way, it’s huge.” – Reuters

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