Jose Mourinho says Manchester United have role to play in Zlatan future

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho insists the club’s fans can persuade striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to sign a new contract at Old Trafford, per Sky.

Ibrahimovic has been in superb form since signing on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain last summer. He scored twice as United won the EFL Cup against Southampton on Sunday.

The 35-year-old signed a one-year deal initially, with an option of a second year, but the Red Devils’ struggles to qualify for the Champions League are reportedly causing him to consider leaving.

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Mourinho insists he’ll not beg the Swede to stay at the club, but says the fans can help keep him at the club.

“I never beg for a player to sign a contract,” Mourinho said. “I never beg for a player to play for me.

“One day, Zlatan decided to [leave me and Inter Milan to join) Barcelona, I was very sad, but I did nothing to try to stop him to go, so I don’t beg for players.

“But, if needed, maybe United fans can go to the door of his house, and stay there all night, if needed. We all want, and believe, that he is going to stay another season.”

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