The big Swede has been a vital player at Old Trafford this season, scoring 28 goals across all competitions after arriving on a free transfer last summer as Man United’s top goal-scorer.
He was expected to start against Chelsea as Man United are working very hard on their aims of a Champions League qualification, but to the surprise of supporters, Zlatan was on the bench against Antonio Conte’s men and came on in the closing minutes of the game as he gave Rashford a rest.
Speaking about Ibrahimovic, Mourinho claims he was too tired to play a starting role but was on the bench to provide assistance.
“He’s tired – very tired,” he said.
“I’ll try to protect him but let’s see the result.
“He’s on the bench and ready to help.”
Mourinho has many talented players to rotate in the Europa League and Premier League, and hopes are a well-deserved rest for Ibrahimovic will have him back at his best form.
The 35-year-old has not shown any signs of slowing down in England and Mourinho will be working hard to extend his contract as he’s helped the side massively this season.