Jose Mourinho: Zlatan Ibrahimovic was incredible against Crystal Palace

by Leo Nieboer


Jose Mourinho was full of praise for Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s performance following Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

The Swede was an indefatigable influence all evening, competently holding up the ball, drawing fouls and seamlessly picking out teammates.

His big moment, however, came in the 87th minute: a clever, typical striker’s run, a perfectly weighted Paul Pogba pass, and a superb finish over Wayne Hennessey from the Swede sealed an important three points for Mourinho’s men.

The 53-year-old, speaking after the game, was quick to heap praise on Ibrahimovic’s composed, match-winning display at Selhurst Park.

“He did a phenomenal performance,” he said. 

“After the goal to have the strength and spirit to go in front of the back four and defend. It was an amazing performance for a guy who is 35-years-old, scoring goals, being a leader, amazing”, he added.

“We played very, very, well. It was a big evolution. People sometimes forget about good performances and focus on results. We are still sixth so need points.”

Zlatan is far from just a match-winner; he is, above anything, Man United’s captain without the armband. The Swede leads by example, always bringing players into the game with smart passes, adding a sense of definition and purpose to the front line. He is a serial winner – a notion reinforced by his no-nonsense, slightly arrogant demeanour. Such an aura, you could tell, was infectious, and United – led by their Swedish hero – dug out a vital winner.

But his work wasn’t done there. Instead of trudging around, Zlatan placed himself at the heart of midfield, acting as a bombastic influence in a completely different – but ultimately invaluable – way

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