Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was always going to make “massive contribution” to Manchester United, according to manager Jose Mourinho.
Despite question marks over his age — he turns 36 in October — the Swedish striker has consistently delivered for United.
He came off the bench to score a 75th-minute winner as the Red Devils prevailed over second-tier Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup to earn a quarterfinal tie at Chelsea.
“I don’t know the number of goals [Ibrahimovic has scored], I don’t know,” Mourinho told a media conference.
“I realized that he would be a critical player for us. I realized that without a doubt.
“One more objective, one less objective, yet I realized that the commitment would be enormous for us.”
Ibrahimovic’s heroics at Ewood Park came after Marcus Rashford had counterbalanced Danny Graham’s opener for Blackburn.
The ex-Barcelona and Inter Milan forward has now scored five objectives in his previous four diversions, with a sum of 24 in all rivalries this season.
Man United will go to France not long from now in front of their UEFA Europa League Round of 32 tie against St. Etienne on Thursday. They hold a 3-0 lead from the main leg.