Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has revealed he is convinced that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is more than happy at United after stating his intention to trigger the Swede’s one year contract extension clause. Ibrahimovic, who joined the Portuguese manager at the clubs press conference ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash, then brushed aside criticism from one journalist who seemed to accuse the striker of underperforming at Old Trafford so far.
After an illustrious career in the Netherlands, Spain, France and Italy there was a huge amount of anticipation and excitement when the 35-year-old announced that he would be signing for Manchester United in the summer. However, the phrase ‘anti-climax’ comes to mind when you think of the forward’s first couple of month’s in Manchester, despite netting eight times and assisting just the once in 17 appearances. Confident and clinical are two words that usually emerge into your thoughts when you think of the Malmo-born man, but unfortunately the latter word is something he has not been, after being guilty of squandering some key chances already this campaign.
In defence of his experienced attacker, Jose Mourinho has insisted that he is delighted with Ibrahimovic and can see him still being at United come next season. The 53-year-old also opened up regarding’s the popular forward’s mental state, by admitting the former Paris Saint Germain man is loving life in the United Kingdom.
“Zlatan’s situation is simple: he has a one-plus-one year [contract] with the club and we are happy with him. He is happy, committed and loving his life as a football player at Man United. This is probably the last big challenge of his football career, so it is perfect for him to be here.”
The man himself, Ibrahimovic, was later questioned by a journalist regarding his form. An overseas journalist chucked suggestions towards the ex-Sweden international that he has perhaps not shined as much here in the Barclay’s Premier League as he did in other countries. Ibrahimovic, brought out that arrogant personality that he known to have in his reply.
“I shine for 24 hours (a day), so it depends how you want me to shine! I’ve been in the game for 20 years, and while I’m getting older, I feel I am getting better as I get older. I am shining in one way or another, but if you want me to shine even more than I will try and do it for you.”
Many United fans are split when it comes to Ibrahimovic, some are labelling him as ‘past it’, others believe his unusual less clinical side is a result of the bad luck that is seemingly running through the team. Admittedly, the six-foot five attacker has missed some criminal chances costing the side points in his 17 appearances, however I do believe he will start to hit the back of the net regularly once again eventually in a Manchester United shirt, he has done it throughout his whole career, he has made a knack of it and he keeps on getting into the positions to create the chances, which is a positive, in actual fact, he is not performing horrendously in his all round play but his job is to score goals, something he was struggling to do prior to the Swansea game where he bagged a brace and got suspended. But, the club should definitely hang fire on triggering that one year extension for the time being, just in case the Swedish hero suffers further within the next couple of months. In addition, should it be triggered, as it is likely it will be, United could possibly use the big man in a number ten role due to some of his link up play and connection with other players being impressive.