Jose Mourinho: Zlatan Ibrahimovic will start against Zorya Luhansk

by Leo Nieboer


Jose Mourinho has confirmed Zlatan Ibrahimovic will start against Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Ibrahimovic, who already has five goals for Manchester United, has started every single Premier League game this season, but was left on the bench for the side’s opening Europa League game against Feyenoord.

It was initially thought that Ibrahimovic would not feature on Thursday after he was pictured in Milan, reportedly taking advantage of an extended break handed to him following Saturday’s 4-1 win over Leicester City.

However, the Special One has confirmed that the big Swede will start against Zorya Luhansk on Thursday and feature against Stoke City on Sunday.

An often unacknowledged aspect of Zlatan’s game is his positional knowhow when leading the line. He is a far cry from your archetypal play-off-the-last-man striker, electing instead to adopt positions that generate uncertainty amongst opposition defenders.

Such footballing intelligence was on display against Leicester; the Swede may not have scored, but his clever movement and smart manipulation of the ball sent shockwaves of insecurity through a notoriously strong back four, opening up gaps and imbalances that the likes of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford exploited with reckless abandon.

United fans will be hoping to see Ibrahimovic reassert himself on the scoresheet against the Ukrainian side after not scoring in four games.

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