Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has adviced that Zlatan Ibrahimovic must earn his position in the starting XI after returning to Old Trafford.
On Thursday, recovering from a serious knee injury he resigned for United on a one-year deal. Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in all formats last season just before he suffered a knee injury in April.
The 35-year-old striker returns to a United side and manager Mourinho said that the Swedish footballer will not able to start when he comes back from injury. “Zlatan knows me and he knows that I play the players that I think are best for the team.”
“I have always done that. So if he comes here and he proves he is the best, he plays. If the other ones don’t give him a chance to prove that… that is life. But I try always to be honest with my players and with my team. Maybe sometimes I don’t always do the correct things but I try.”
Talking about the preparation for Saturday’s visit of Leicester City in the Premier League, Mourinho said “My squad is better for sure. It is one more option. It is one more striker. It is one more experienced player. It is one more player that can play nine or ten, that can play double strikers.”
“We have lots of matches to play. If we progress in the Champions League and if we progress in one of the cups, we would be in a position where we couldn’t do it with only Lukaku and Rashford, especially if I play both together.”
“If I play with both, I would need another striker so probably in January I would be knocking on Ed Woodward’s door asking for a striker for the second part of the season. Now I don’t need to knock on the door. I have one of the best in the world.”