Manchester United completes transfer of versatile defensive player

Cheryl Sanders
August 12, 2017

Ibrahimovic turned out 46 times for the Old Trafford side last season before sustaining a cruciate knee ligament injury against Anderlecht in the quarter-final of the Europa League - an issue that prematurely ended his campaign.

And during Mourinho's first pre-match press conference of the 2017/18 Premier League season, he explained where things now stood between Ibrahimovic and United.

He thinks he can do more.

There should not be any shoehorning of players into unfamiliar roles this season after Guardiola signed three top-level full-backs-Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo-at a combined cost of around £124 million.

"You know he's injured, he needs time to recover, he's not ready to play tomorrow", Mourinho said of the club's top scorer last season.

"With all respect to the players, last season we were one of the oldest teams in the Premier League".

Mourinho has added Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic for a combined cost of £147 million but has lost Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney while Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young are long-term absentees through injury. "It would be silly to dismiss Chelsea after the way they played so dominantly past year but looking at the teams, I think City and United will be up there and the teams to watch". Our levels of confidence and knowledge are higher so I am happy to start the season.

"In my initial analysis, coming from January and progressing through the months, I was thinking about four players", Mourinho said.

"Everything is good and strong, but some of them (other clubs) are really strong in the market, so it is going to be hard".

"I understand the reality of the market, of the numbers, and I also understand that my club, by doing 75 per cent of what I initially asked for, I think the club did very well".

"I am happy that the club managed to do 75 per cent of the work before the Premier League starts and if until the August 31 the remaining 25 per cent don't arrive, I will not moan".

We got a central defender who can play in many other positions, which is important. "At Manchester United, we play to win and that's the mentality when I get on the pitch". We also got a central midfielder and a striker. The 25 per cent would be for a player for another position, playing from the sides.

"But we have players and if we cannot strengthen the team in these areas we have people we can trust and go for it".

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