Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is confident that striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will stay at Old Trafford for one more season. The Swede has been instrumental this season and has already scored 26 goals in 38 games for the Red Devils.
“We all want and believe he will stay one more season. I never beg for a player to sign a contract or to play for me. When Zlatan went to Barcelona [from Inter Milan], I was very sad. But if needed, the fans can go to the door of his house and stay there all night,” Mourinho said, as reported by BBC.
“When he decides to come here it is because he feels ready. It is not my credit. It is him. Nothing for me.”
Ibrahimovic, who joined United from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer last summer, netted twice in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Southampton in the EFL Cup final at Wembley on Sunday. The 35-year-old signed a one year contract with the Red Devils with an option of extending it for a second.
United’s EFL Cup win against Southampton on Sunday was Ibrahimovic’s 32nd trophy of his career. The Swede netted in at the 87th minute of the match to earn his team a victory. The 35-year-old also gave United the lead in the match after scoring from a brilliant free-kick.
Jesse Lingard increased United’s lead with a wonderfully placed shot inside the box. Southampton came from two goals behind in the match to draw level, courtesy of Manolo Gabbiadini, who scored twice.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: ‘I came to win and I am winning’
Ibrahimovic has revealed that he is not surprised with the success he has achieved since coming to England. The 35-year-old has scored 26 goals for United this season in all competitions, more than any other player in the Premier League.
“No, no. This is what I predicted. Everything I thought would happen. The only thing is the others didn’t see it. And I came here to show them what I saw and what I would do,” the man from Malmö, Sweden stated to Sky Sports.
“This is what I came for, I came to win and I am winning. I have to keep going because the more I win the more satisfied I get.”
Ibrahimovic has now netted in six goals in his last five domestic cup finals. The Swede praised United’s EFL Cup win to team effort and denied to take any credit individually.
Manchester United vs. Southampton Highlights – EFL Cup Final
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