Jose Mourinho insists that The Swedish Striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will have to earn his spot on the team. Currently, Zlatan is suffering from an ankle injury. And there is no guarantee for him to retain his place post injury. Also, He is likely to return mid-season. According to Jose Mourinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will have to earn his spot on Manchester United’s “made team.”
In the previous season, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored 29 goals for The Red Devils. The season for him, however, ended early because of the knee injury. Also, Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to Old Trafford on Thursday after being a free agent for the remaining season. However, he is still unsure until the end of this year. With Manchester United signing Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan will now have to earn his spot on the team.
The manager, Jose Mourinho told the reporters:
“No, no, no, no. Zlatan is going to arrive into a made team. He is going to arrive midseason with the team playing in a certain way and with players having what I call the functional links in the dynamic of the team, so nobody should be worried with Zlatan.”
“We need a striker and we have one striker just around the corner that belongs to our family, that likes to be with us and play for us. We know him well and he is one of the best strikers in the world so the only consequence of it is we are going to have a much better squad.”
Mourinho emphasised on not choosing his players on the basis of popularity or price tag. Therefore, he added:
“Zlatan knows me. And he knows that I play the players that I think are the best for the team. I always did it.
“I always did that in my life so if he comes here and he proves that he is the best, he plays. If the other ones don’t give him a chance to prove that, that’s life. But I try always to be honest with my players and with my team. I try. Maybe sometimes I do not do the correct things. But I always try to do.”