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We're Having Conversations - Jose Mourinho Confirms Zlatan Ibrahimovic Re-Signing Talks

Alejandro Castrejon | Agosto 12, 2017, 06:46

My work last season to face teams in the Europa League with commitment was hard, this season it is not hard to motivate for playing Real Madrid, Barcelona, the top English teams, Bayern Munich and Juventus.

"He's injured. He needs time to recover", United manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday. The former reserves coach Warren Joyce believes he is "technically sound with good skills" and "could be a proper box-to-box aggressive midfielder", plus at 6ft 4in - nearly a foot taller than he was at the start of 2015 - he is also absolutely massive. He wants more football at the highest level so we are having conversations and discussing the possibility of him staying for the second part of the season'.

Meanwhile, New £75 million striker Romelu Lukaku has taken the Swede's No. 9 shirt. Mourinho has signed established top-flight experience in bringing in Matic and Lukaku, and he'll get it right, but I am afraid it will not be with the swagger and panache of Sir Alex Ferguson's teams.

All three signings look like they'll slot automatically into the starting XI, and increase the quality on show whilst doing so.

"But we have lost important players to injury too, such as Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic".

There are question marks over Chelsea which may only be answered by the end of the transfer window.

The question is, is now the time to experiment? "I think we are ready". A traditional defensive midfield role does not suit Pogba and he will be free to influence things from a position closer to a "No. 10" that he excelled in at Juve.

"I just think that he was very clear by showing what he did, last year was not enough for him". The Champions League is obviously more difficult.

He added: "If the remaining 25 per cent doesn't arrive by August 31, I will not moan". Last season brought the Sophomore curse for the England international who, after a stunning breakout campaign, suffered a rapid decline in his scoring rate. He was far and away the best midfielder in the league last term even if the scrutiny he was put under sometimes obscured that fact.

The defence can appear surprisingly frail at times (looking at you, Chris "Mike" Smalling) and left-back is still a position that can be improved upon - none of the current crop provide the kind of attacking purpose (and extreme pace) that Antonio Valencia brings to the party.