Jose Mourinho giving Zlatan Ibrahimovic extra time off during international break

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho will hand Ibrahimovic the opportunity to decide whether he needs some extra time off during the international break.

The Big Swede retired from international football after Euro 2016 in the interest of maximising his chances of making an impact at Old Trafford.

Zlatan has played every minute of Manchester United’s first four games of this season, scoring four goals in the process.

Speaking after the game, Mourinho insisted that the 34-year-old will require some extra time off in light of his extensive early season exploits.

“If you’re 34 years of age, you need to rest,” Mourinho said.

“You can’t play 70 matches. The other guys who aren’t selected for their national teams, I give them two days off.

“For Zlatan, I give holidays a la carte. It depends on the situation. He’s playing every match, every minute. Four matches, he has played 360 minutes. Four days off for the big guy.”

Mourinho reaped the benefits of giving Ibrahimovic an extended break over the summer. The big Swede, fresh and carnivorous after undergoing his own specialised pre-season training programme, made an emphatic start to life at Old Trafford and consequently galvanised the entire squad, whilst fans salivated over the sight of a powerful, bombastic menace leading the line.

Another extended break, therefore, is exactly what Zlatan needs as the footballing world braces itself for what promises to be an explosive Manchester derby on September 10.

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