Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has defended striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic despite his lack of goals in recent matches. United have been struggling in recent weeks and have only two victories in their last seven matches and in their four premier league matches have only been able to pick three points.

The poor run has left United eight points behind league leaders Manchester City, a deficit they will hope to shorten when they visit Swansea on Sunday. One player who could be considered as one of the reasons for United’s poor run is Zlatan but his boss has come out to defend him.

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Mourinho who will be watching the match from the stands because of a touchline ban stated

“He is playing well for the team, “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 also demanded that his players improve after the 2-1 loss to Fenerbahce. He said

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“It can happen everywhere. There are so many examples in football where people score goals in the first minutes. Nobody is free of that. But with a stronger attitude, leadership on the pitch, defenders in control of the emotion and the organisation, it’s easier to be strong, it’s easier to be solid.”


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