Mourinho says Man United want Zlatan to stay

Lawrence Cooper
August 14, 2017

United secured their passage back into the top table of European football after their success in the Europa League - with some claiming their entry is something of a backdoor qualification after they could only finish sixth in the Premier League.

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

"But we have players and if we can not strengthen the team in these areas, we have players that we trust". A wide man has always been of interest, but Mourinho claims he is also looking for a left-back, even though he admires Luke Shaw's attitude in coming back from another injury and the England defender will be given a chance to re-establish himself.

"And last season that didn't happen much - we were focused on the goals that our striker was scoring and when he was not scoring, the team was a little bit in trouble to win matches". "He has put his trust in me and in my work, and I was very grateful to him", he added.

"Europa League is not Champions League", he said.

Since then, United have splurged in the transfer market, spending almost £150m ($194.8m) on the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof as they look to improve on their league table finish last season.

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Mourinho said: "It's not something urgent, that we are desperate to have done or not done".

"I don't think I'm in a position of crying, moaning, protesting". But even Mourinho knew deep down that his first season at the Manchester club was far from what he would have wanted.

"I have conditions to deliver a better team than I did in the first season". This time we are all in the same basket, it is going to be the same for everybody.

"Arsenal and Everton, they are in the Europa League".

Mourinho still speaks of free agent Ibrahimovic as part of the group, saying he is injured for the start of the season along with other "important players" like Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo. Eric Bailly, bought past year for £30m, and Antonio Valencia, are the only two defenders who look assured of a starting spot. Victor [Lindelof] can play right-back, centre midfield.

"And the Premier League is what you all know, I would say seven teams to fight for the title and 20 teams to fight every week for every match, different than any of the other leagues".

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