Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has weighed in on Jose Mourinho’s current status with the Red Devils. Ibrahimovic, who currently plays in Major League Soccer with LA Galaxy, scored 28 goals for Manchester United during Mourinho’s first season at Old Trafford. Despite leaving, Ibrahimovic has backed the manager.
According to Ibrahimovic, the problems at Manchester United are not Mourinho’s fault. The Swede has laid the blame on Manchester United’s players rather than the ‘Special One’.
“I think he has the ability to win [the Premier League]” Ibrahimovic said in a recent interview.
“I think he is the right coach for that club, for that team.
“But a coach is only as good as his team, so it’s not like he can do miracles if the team is not good enough.
“And I feel the team is good – it’s progressing, becoming better.
“This is his third year, the players know more and more the way he wants to play and how he wants it – so I believe, yes.”
Ibrahimovic spent just one full season with Manchester United before leaving for Los Angeles. The striker’s Old Trafford career was curtailed due to a severe knee injury at the end of his first season.
Since moving stateside, Ibrahimovic has picked up where he left off at Old Trafford. Now 37, Ibrahimovic has scored an unbelievable 25 goals in 21 games. He has also added five assists.
The forward has been a part of nearly half of LA Galaxy’s 61 goals scored this term. The Galaxy have the second most goals in MLS behind league leaders Atlanta United.
LA Galaxy are one point behind Real Salt Lake for the final playoff place with two matches to go.
Ibrahimovic is one of two players fighting for the MLS Most Value Player Award. Atlanta’s Josef Martinez has tallied an MLS record 30 goals this term. However, it is believed Ibrahimovic could take the award due to his international fame.
Recent rumours have sensationally linked Ibrahimovic to a return to European football. AC Milan have been linked with a loan move for Ibrahimovic.