Mourinho: Phenomenal Zlatan needs a rest

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admits that he will need to give Zlatan Ibrahimovic a rest at some point but the striker will start in their Premier League clash against West Brom on Saturday.

Signed on a free transfer in the close season, the Swede has only missed one Premier League game this campaign, against Arsenal when he was suspended.

The 35-year-old Ibrahimovic has been in good scoring form though, netting nine times in 15 games, and was again the hero in midweek when his last-minute strike gave the Red Devils a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace.

Mourinho told reporters on Friday: "Tomorrow is a last effort and then they will have a week without football. That week is a week that my players need, especially a guy like him – a striker.

"Sometimes in other positions you can protect yourself a little bit more with experience and with positon but a striker is one of the impossible positions where you cannot hide.

"So he is doing phenomenal. Tomorrow he is going to play again but obviously he cannot play 60 matches. I must give him a rest. But as our target striker we can say that he is the only one and the way we normally play we need him."

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