This Man UTD player is FUNDAMENTAL – Mourinho

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be fundamental in helping Manchester United reach another level next season, says Jose Mourinho.

This team has a lot of growing up to do,” Mourinho said. “[After] the next transfer window we will bring this team to a different level because we are going to try and bring in a few players.

“So I think Zlatan will be fundamental in the second year of this team and I think he is going to stay. But, right or wrong, I only want people that really want to stay 100 per cent.

“My feelings are that he is really proud of himself. He is very happy with his success and his situation so I see him staying with us.

“I see him staying with us because the initial agreement was for him to come to us for one year plus us to have the option, so I see him staying with us.

“It has been an amazing, successful year for him.”

Mourinho believes his side are capable of finishing as high as second this season but admits he may have to decide what to prioritise if United manage to progress in all three competitions well.

The second position is very difficult but it is possible,” Mourinho said. “The first position I think is impossible. The second position is possible but we will have to fight for it.

“The Europa League is very difficult but it is a target for us. If we beat Rostov and we find ourselves in the quarter-final then we have to think really seriously about the Europa League.

“In this moment we are still in the last 16. That is still far but when a team gets in the last eight and you go to the quarter-final draw – from there you can smell the final.

“Then in a certain period of the season I have to analyse my team, my players and the conditions of everyone.

“If I have to make choices, I have to make choices – but obviously choices that I would always share with my owners and with my board.

“But that is not for now. For now we just play against Bournemouth, against Rostov, against Chelsea, play against Rostov again and then let’s see where we are in all the competitions and try to make the right decisions.”

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