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Mourinho backs Ibrahimovic

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is backing striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as the Swede has gone scoreless in the last seven matches.

Ibrahimovic, 35, is without a goal since the 1-0 win over Zorya Luhansk in late September, and hasn’t scored in the league since the 2-1 loss to Manchester City in the Manchester Derby on Matchday 4. Despite the lack of goals, Mourinho is backing the player.

“He is playing well for the team,” Mourinho said. “He’s creating a lot of chances and 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.

“[Against Fenerbahce] 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 said that he believes that the attacking players at the club is lacking confidence, as the Red Devils have only managed to score 13 goals in 10 league matches.

“Sometimes a team doesn’t score goals because of its philosophy, because the team isn’t aggressive enough and doesn’t risk enough. That’s not our case at all.

“But it’s also easy to see that some players in attacking areas lack confidence, they are not sharp, they are not getting the chances they can.

“And probably one of the only good things [from the 2-1 loss to Fenerbahce in the Europa League] was the fact that Rooney finally scored a goal. Maybe it’s also a key point in terms of his self-confidence.”

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