Jose Mourinho has given Zlatan Ibrahimovic some extra time off following Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Leicester City in the Premier League.
The Swede has started all of Man United’s league matches so far this season and recently featured in three successive contests with Watford, Northampton Town and Leicester.
Mourinho handed Ibrahimovic an extended break earlier in the season following wins over Leicester, AFC Bournemouth, Southampton and Hull City.
Pictures showing the Swede in Milan with former team-mate Clarence Seedorf suggest Mourinho has decided to hand the striker another break following a busy week.
There is always, with any relationship between manager and player, the threat of a harmful dissonance, an inability to understand each other. Needless to say, this leads to frustration and an inevitable drop in form.
With Mourinho and Ibrahimovic, however, there exists a genuine understanding. The pair are both manifestly clear about what they demand from each other and, most importantly, understand one another as individuals. And such a tight bond is reflected in the 53-year-old’s decision to award the Swede extra time off – a call predicated by a knowledge of how Zlatan functions as both a player and a human being.
United fans will hope to see Ibrahimovic benefit from this time off and return with the same level of explosive power displayed when leading the line against Leicester.