Mourinho answers questions on Zlatan’s future

Date published: Wednesday 19th April 2017 2:51

Jose Mourinho has reiterated that he has no idea whether Zlatan Ibrahimovic will stay at Manchester United.

Ahead of United’s Europa League second-leg clash with Anderlecht on Thursday the Portuguese boss was asked if the Swedish striker had resolved his future.

But Mourinho, who has always said the player’s future was out of his hands, admitted he was still in the dark.

“I don’t know, I really don’t know,” said Mourinho.

And when he was asked whether a Stockholm final would be a fitting end to Ibrahimovic’s United time, he added: “I don’t think about it, I just think about Manchester United.

“I think it would be the perfect finale for us. It would be the perfect end to the season for us, a difficult season with lots of matches.

“I think for Zlatan it would be fantastic to play the final in his country, it would be perfect, it would be beautiful – no more than that.”

Sky sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher recently debated whether Ibrahimovic still has a place at Manchester United.

The 35-year-old frontman has been outstanding for the Red Devils this campaign, netting 17 Premier League goals and proving to be a real talisman during his first campaign at Old Trafford.

The forward recently admitted, however, that a heavy workload has taken its toll on him and that prompted Mourinho to start Marcus Rashford in United’s impressive win over Chelsea on Easter Sunday.

Mourinho though refused to criticise the striker after the 1-1 draw in the first leg.

“I was not disappointed with Zlatan, I was disappointed with the team. The team had the game in their hands and did not kill the game,” added Mourinho.

“We could be speaking now about a friendly game tomorrow if we won 3-0 in Anderlecht.

“Tomorrow could be a nice game, and the chance to play Axel Tuanzebe, and some of the other young ones without any kind of pressure.

“The game was easy to cure, and we did not.”

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