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Ibrahimovic: ‘Mourinho is getting 200 percent out of the team’

Date Posted,April 7, 2017

Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Jose Mourinho is paying the price for years of ­mismanagement at Manchester United.

In a brutally honest assessment of his first season at Old Trafford, the Swedish striker came out shooting from the lip by admitting that the squad Mourinho inherited last summer isn’t good enough.

But with United toiling to break into the top four – despite a 20-game unbeaten run that has brought 10 frustrating draws – Ibrahimovic insists the boss isn’t to blame.

Ibrahimovic, who continues to contemplate his own future at the club, claims that Mourinho is still the same serial winner he first encountered at Inter almost a decade ago.

And he reckons the United manager is extracting everything out of the players at his disposal.

“I think Mourinho is doing maximum with the team he has,” said Ibrahimovic. “Absolutely. He is ­getting 200 per cent out of the team he has.

Ibrahimovic has leaped to the defence of Mourinho

“I know him very well from the past. I think he is older and he is calmer, but he is still the same winner as before.

“I mean the mentality is there – ­because that you don’t lose. When you have it, you have it. It is nothing you learn, it is nothing you try to be. Either you are or you are not at ­winner.

“That’s why I think his season has been good. We have done a good season for the team we have. We have won two trophies and I think the coach is doing absolutely the maximum with the team.

“Of course, some games you are unlucky, some games you are lucky, some games you do mistakes, some games the mistakes can be accepted but you still get a win.

“This is part of the game. If we were good enough to be No 1, we would be No 1 in the table now. So we have to be realistic – and I think this season has been great.”

United, for so long the dominant force of the Premier League era, haven’t won the title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

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