Sunday 18 February 2018

Ibramovic gets an 'A la carte' holiday

Ibrahimovic will celebrate his 35th birthday in October
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Jose Mourinho has promised to hand Zlatan Ibrahimovic special treatment ahead of Manchester United's derby date with Manchester City, by giving the Swedish forward an 'a la carte' holiday during the international break.

Ibrahimovic, who will celebrate his 35th birthday in October, has made an instant impact in English football by scoring three goals in three Premier League appearances, after marking his competitive debut with the winning goal in the 2-1 Community Shield victory against Leicester City earlier this month.

With the Swede having announced his international retirement following Sweden's Euro 2016 campaign, Mourinho is planning to give Ibrahimovic an extended break this week to ensure he is fully rested by the time Pep Guardiola's team arrive at Old Trafford on September 10.

"If you're 34 years of age, you need to rest," Mourinho said. "You can't play 70 matches.

"The other guys who aren't selected for their national teams, I give them two days off, but for Zlatan, I give holidays a la carte."

Mourinho, meanwhile, fears that Marouane Fellaini is facing an extended lay-off after the Belgian suffered a back injury during Saturday's win over Hull.

Irish Independent

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