Jose Mourinho claims there is no problem with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but admitted the Manchester United striker is “missing a lot of goals”.
The 35-year-old Swede arrived with a bang and scored five goals in his first five games, but he has scored just once since – in the Europa League against Zorya.
Mourinho though insists the striker is working hard for the team, despite managing just one goal in 11 matches.
“He is playing well for the team,” Mourinho said. “He’s creating a lot of chances, he is missing a lot of goals.
“If I remember Stoke, Liverpool, Chelsea, Burnley, he missed a lot of goals but he was fantastic in his dynamic, his working, his building up for the team, he was fantastic.
“Today I cannot say the same but in every match in the Premier League, even not scoring goals he’s being fantastic.
“His attitude is always brilliant. He’s not a guy afraid of his responsibility, so no problem at all.”
Mourinho does, though, have an problem of his own at Swansea, given he will have to watch from the stands due to a one-match touchline ban for his behaviour towards officials against Burnley.
The Portuguese boss told reporters to “forget it” when they attempted to quiz him on the absence, giving a similar curt response when asked if Bastian Schweinsteiger would be involved on Sunday.
The former Germany captain’s first-team exile surprisingly came to an end this week, but his return to training – and an apparent thigh injury to Paul Pogba – will not see him come into contention for Swansea.
“No, because I decide and I decide no,” he said if asked if Schweinsteiger could feature.
“It’s too early for him. He’s training with the team for three or four days. He’s not ready to play football at that level.”