Ibrahimovic’s late heroics leave Mourinho waxing poetic

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Make it 15 goals for Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a member of Manchester United.

The club is reaping the rewards of signing the Swede, whose transfer came with plenty of warning signs.

He’s an egomaniac. He’s 35 years old. He’s never dealt with the Premier League.

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Not much of a problem, it turns out. Ibrahimovic nabbed a late winner at Crystal Palace on Wednesday, pitching in all over the field.

“Herrera was so tired, Ibra tells me and I send him to play midfield,” Mourinho said. “He goes to midfield, he holds the ball, he wins the ball in the air.”

His manager, Jose Mourinho, is not surprised by the success of the big veteran. From Joe Prince-Wright, at Selhurst Park:

“I knew the character because at his age, the personality and the passion that plays. The quality is there. I knew he would do what he’s doing. Lots of passion. England is not the best place to be on holiday when a rich guy with a phenomenal career wants a holiday, he doesn’t come to England. You come to England to be in the best difficult league in the world, if you want to prove yourself, if you want to show what you can do. It’s not just about goals. It’s about goals, leadership, motivation. I’m really happy with the guy.”

Mourinho also praised the work ethic and attitude of his team after James McArthur canceled out Paul Pogba‘s late first half tally.

“Our best period was after the 1-1. After their goal, it was go for it and go with quality, with aggression, with risk, with patience. I think the players deserve (the win).

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