Zlatan Ibrahimovic is happy to talk up Manchester United’s unlikely title quest
Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic has warned that the side are “waiting” for their rivals to make mistakes in their pursuit of the title and implied that such a chance to make up ground on them will definitely come.
The Swede, whose 19 goals in 26 starts has been one of the extraordinary aspects of United’s season, admitted that there is preciously little margin for error now, because the draws which hampered progress earlier in the season have left them 12 points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
But Ibrahimovic inferred that Jose Mourinho’s players have not given up on the title — as Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola publicly has — and said that the Old Trafford side’s stumbles this season are in the past.
“Imagine if we’d got those (extra) points (earlier in the season), where we’d be now,” Ibrahimovic said.
“It’d be a big difference. But, okay, we’re paying for it. We had a gap where there was a distance to the top five but now we’re closer. From second to us is five points, Chelsea is 12. We are there, we just wait for the other ones to do mistakes.
“If we could have won against Liverpool it’d have been a fantastic result but we take the draw and let’s see what the other teams do. Hopefully they make mistakes and have their own dip because we had our dips. We just need to win and keep going like we’re doing — we’ve got great confidence.”
He added: “Of course if I can continue to score goals to help my team, great, I am doing it and will do it.
“But trust me: I prefer to win the Premier League (than the Golden Boot), the collective trophies, than any individual ones because seeing me winning something and not my team-mates is not the way I want it.
“I’d prefer to win the trophy and then the individual one comes by itself. That’s a second objective.
“It’s not my main target. I’m scoring, yes, but if I could be first in the table and have five goals and the media attacking me, saying: ‘He can’t do it in the Premier League’, I’d prefer to have it like that. Because it’s all about winning.
“I’m here to win, I want to win. If I score three or four goals but I’m first in the competition, that would have been a nice feeling — because you’re first.”