Jose Mourinho gives Zlatan Ibrahimovic a break after superb start at Manchester United

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC has been granted an extended break by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho after a superb start to life at Old Trafford.

The veteran Swede, 34, has scored four goals in his first four games since signing on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain – playing every minute in the process.


But he has now given the iconic striker two days more time off than the rest of the United players not on international duty during the fortnight with no matches – because, according to the the Portuguese coach, "at 34 years old, you need your rest."

Mourinho said: "You cannot play 70 matches a season. So I give the other guys, who are not selected for the national teams, two days – and I give four days to Zlatan.

"At 34 years old, you need to rest.  I give holidays a la carte. It depends on the situation. And he is playing every match, every minute.

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"So four matches, he played 360 minutes – four days off for the big guy."

Ibrahimovic might be 34 and in the twilight of his career, but he has looked anything but in his short United career so far, spearheading the team to a 100% start to the Premier League season.

He netted on competitive debut against Leicester in the Community Shield, before scoring on his top flight bow against Bournemouth.


Two strikes against Southampton followed before drawing his first blank of the campaign against Hull on Saturday.

But he has even found time to mentor the likes of young forward Marcus Rashford, who scored the winner against the Tigers.

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