Zlatan confident of winning Premier League with Man Utd
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