Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is praising Zlatan Ibrahimovic, saying that the 34-year-old Swede is at the peak of his game.
Ibrahimovic scored the winning goal for United against Swansea City in the Community Shield and followed it up with a goal in the 3-1 win over Bournemouth in the season opener. Mourinho believes that the talismanic striker is at the top of his game. Despite his age.
“Forget the passport, forget 34 years old: the body and mentality is not of a 34-year-old guy,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“I think he’s at the top of his qualities. His table for breakfast and his table for meals, he is surrounded by the young ones, surrounded by the kids.
“Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford, these are the guys that are with him on the table. So he knows what he can be for them.
“When I look to the players that were not on the pitch, Lingard, Rashford, Mkhitaryan, Memphis Depay, Ashley Young, we have a lot.
“So when September arrives, when cup talk arrives and the Europa League arrives, we have the people to play and to try to be competitive in every competition.”
Mourinho also revealed that he had some pre-match nerves ahead of his league debut as United manager.
“To be honest, before the match a little bit, yes, but to have that feeling is normal.
“I’ll never forget one day I came to Old Trafford with Real Madrid, and before the match I was asking Sir Alex Ferguson, ‘Are you still nervous?’ – ‘Yes’.
“So I understood – never change.”