Jose Mourinho was full of praise for his Manchester United side following their 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday night.
Zlatan then put the result beyond doubt with a powerful drive after 56 minutes, allowing Mourinho’s men to enter cruise control for the latter stages.
Mourinho, speaking after the game, hailed what was a “great performance” from his side.
“So happy. Great performance, even better than the last one against Crystal Palace,” Mourinho said. “Very solid from the first minute and everything under control.”
“We coped well with difficult things that West Brom always bring to the game. We had our identity to keep the ball, press high. So I am really happy.
“You are always worried and I’ve had matches here and against Tony’s teams where they can score a goal in a set play and then can give you hell in the last minutes. It happened to me with Chelsea.
“One thing is to know we are working well and another is to work well and get the results. We have to try to win as many points as possible. At some clubs you can play bad football if it is winning football.
“At other clubs you cannot do that and Manchester United is one of those clubs. You have to win and play well.”
This was, above anything, a typical Mourinho-away-from-home performance: ruthless in front of goal, defensively sound, and ultimately comfortable as the minutes ticked away.
United outplayed an in-form West Brom side in every department. They were faster on the ball, more efficient, displaying signs that – despite a poor start – this side was quickly gelling into a robust, clinical unit. And United fans will be desperate to see Mourinho’s men carry this promising form into the new year.