The 35-year-old was dropped to the bench in Manchester United’s 2-0 over Chelsea, but Mourinho insists his criticism was not meant for him.

Jose Mourinho insisted he was not criticising Ibrahimovic after he slammed his frontmen for not killing off their Europa League match against Anderlecht.

The Portugese manager stated after their 1-1 draw against Anderlecht that “the players who had to kill the game off didn’t”

“I was not disappointed with Zlatan, I was disappointed with the team,” Mourinho said ahead of the second leg against Anderlecht.

“The team had the game in their hands and did not kill the game. We could be speaking now about a friendly game tomorrow had we won 3-0 in Anderlecht.


“[The second leg could have been] a nice game, and a chance to play Axel Tuanzebe and some of the other young ones without any pressure. The game was easy to cure and we did not.”

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Should Manchester United reach the final, it will played in the country’s capital city of Ibrahimovic, Stockholm but Mourinho said it is not his main focus.

“I don’t think about it, I think about Manchester United,” he added. “I think it’d be the perfect finale for us.

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“It would be the perfect end to the season for us, a difficult season with lots of matches.

“I think for Zlatan it’d be fantastic to play the final in his country, it would be perfect, it would be beautiful, no more than that.”

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