Zlatan Ibrahimovic could play on until he is 40 says Mourinho


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has told Sky Sports that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could play until he is 40-years-old.

Ibrahimovic, 35, has scored 24 goals for United since joining in the summer, but Mourinho said the striker, whom he also managed for a season at Inter Milan in 2008-09, provides much more than just a goal threat.

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“I think he is even better than when I worked with him at Inter,” Mourinho said. “He is more collected, more intelligent and understands the game even better. He is not just a finisher, but is also important when it comes to creating goals.

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“He is a leader. He has a special feeling, a special care with the younger guys. I think he could play on until he is 40 from a physical point of view.

“But is not only about the physical point of view. It is also about a mental point of view. One day he will make his decision and the world of football will have to accept it. What he has been doing is phenomenal. But one day he will wake up and decide enough is enough.”

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