Manchester United’s manager, Jose Mourinho is confident Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic will stay beyond his current contract that ends after this season jokingly saying Manchester United fans should “go to the door of his house” to convince him.
Ibrahimovic was the star performer as he scored the first and the last goal of the English Football League cup final to ensure Manchester United wins their first trophy this season and Jose Mourinho’s first since joining the club in the summer. The two goals by Ibrahimovic was his 25th and 26th goals in all competitions in his first taste of English football. Jose Mourinho then becomes the first Manchester United’s manager to win a trophy in his first season in charge of the club.
Mourinho was asked about Ibrahimovic staying at Manchester United beyond the current season and the 54 year old said; “I never beg for a player to sign a contract,” Mourinho said. “I never beg for a player to play for me. “One day, Zlatan decided to [leave me and Inter Milan to join) Barcelona, I was very sad, but I did nothing to try to stop him to go, so I don’t beg for players. “But, if needed, maybe United fans can go to the door of his house, and stay there all night, if needed. We all want, and believe, that he is going to stay another season.”
He also had praise for Southampton after they fought from 2 goals down to level at 2-2 early in the second half commending them of their spirited efforts for making the final beautiful. A brace from Manolo Gabbiadini had cancelled out Ibrahimovic’s freekick and Lingard goals in the first half only for the strong Swede to ensure Manchester United won the final.
Jose Mourinho had some affection for the Saints manager claiming luck prevented Claude Puel’s men from not winning the final.