How Injured Ibrahimovic Helped Manchester United Beat Ajax, Mourinho Reveals - 4 years ago

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic played a role in their Europa League victory over Ajax, by urging the ball-boys to ‘take it easy’ in the second half of the game. The Red Devils sealed a memorable win over Ajax Amsterdam to lift the Europa League trophy, despite missing notable stars in the squad through injury one of which is Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has been a key figure for the club this season before sustaining a nasty injury during their quaterfinal fixture against Anderlecht in same competition. But Mourinho has revealed that the 35-year-old played a vital role in their win over Ajax, by seemingly encouraging the ball-boys to waste time as United led the game in the second half of the clash. The United boss said: ‘I think it’s so unfair what happened to him. Sometimes football is unfair, sometimes life is unfair. I think it’s so unfair, ‘I think for him, this night would be an amazing night if he was on the pitch. ‘In his hometown, in the stadium where his statue will be, his first club when he left Sweden [Ajax], his actual club, Manchester United, a season where he made an amazing impact. I’m really, really sorry about Zlatan not playing this final. ‘But he played, he played outside with crutches, with the other guys, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, Eric Bailly, they were playing behind the bench, they were shouting, doing everything. ‘On top of that, Zlatan, in Swedish, told the ball boys in the second half to take it easy. So, even outside he was playing for us. ‘I’m so pleased he finally gets in his amazing career a European trophy.’

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