Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hinted at some frustration after Manchester United’s failure to improve their league position despite a 16-match unbeaten run.
United’s fine showing against Watford briefly moved them into fifth place in the table for the first time since October, until Liverpool defeated Tottenham in the late game and Ibrahimovic hinted at some frustration.
“We know where we are and that we have been stuck in the same position for many months,” Ibrahimovic said after the 2-0 win over Watford.
“We had it [fifth spot] for 20 minutes perhaps and we are back in the same position now, but we know what we need to do. We need to keep winning to climb in the table and hope the others lose points and we can go past them.”
Goals from Juan Mata and Anthony Martial sunk Watford, but United, who were only 1-0 up at the break, should have been home and hosed by then.
“It could have been a few more; I wish I could have scored. I had one or two good chances and I should have scored,” added United’s leading goalscorer.
“I mean, in these games you don’t get a lot of opportunities and when you get them you need to take them. That’s why I was a little bit disappointed in myself, but I felt good in the game.
“I got a lot of the ball, tried to create and give stability to the team. The only thing I missed was the goal, but I tried to give Mata and Mkhitaryan the option to play around me to give more confidence to the guys.”
Jose Mourinho’s men now face four matches in three different cup competitions, with two games in the Europa League Round of 32 against Saint-Etienne followed by an FA Cup fifth-round tie against Blackburn and the EFL Cup final against Southampton on 26 February.
“We just need to keep going,” Ibrahimovic said. “We want to go through the Europa League and we have a good game at home against Saint-Etienne. From five trophies this season we have won one [the Community Shield] and we are still in four.
“I think from the four teams in front, only one will become champions. The rest will not get a trophy, but we have one and we can get our second one [the EFL Cup], and we are still in the Europa League and FA Cup, so if we don’t become champions in the Premier League at least we can try and win two or three trophies.”