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Jose delighted with Zlatan's super show and vows there is more to come

By Robert Jones

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho poured praise on Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the Swedish striker cut Southampton open at Old Trafford.

All eyes were on United's new £89million signing Paul Pogba but it was Ibrahimovic who was centre stage, showcasing his finishing prowess.

Mourinho said: "He's very good in the air but he's very good with his feet, he holds the ball better than anyone and his movement is great.

"He drops back and gives the team another option. I'm very happy with his performance and the collective effort of the team to keep a clean sheet - everybody working really hard.

"I'm hurting by some decisions to leave some players out. The team is a really great team and they all work and deserve to play and in this moment I have to make decisions and there's only one match a week.

"I'm desperate for September to arrive for the Capital One Cup and the Europa League and then they will get what they all deserve which is to play."

Mourinho was pleased with the result as his side claimed their second win from their opening two games and managed to keep a clean sheet in the process.

He said: "We were always in control. I think we won comfortably and the result could have been bigger. It's a natural evolution of things.

"Sometimes we don't but we always try to play that way because it's a completely different way to defend.

"Things are improving by evolution, step-by-step, the integration of players, working together. Some players (have been here just) for one week like Paul (Pogba), others three weeks, four weeks. They are arriving step-by-step and I think it's impossible to demand more from the boys.

"We have a great spirit, everybody working really hard and I'm pleased."

Ibrahimovic, who joined United on a free transfer after leaving Paris Saint-Germain, said: "If the team does good the individual always does good. I tried to do what I'm best at, create chances and help my team-mates and scoring goals.

"So far I have three goals in total. I'm happy for the team, two games, two wins. We're becoming better and better, it was the first game at home and we won it. It's a good start.

"We need to get used to winning because the mental part is also important. Not only on the physical part so we're happy, we're happy for the three points and the first game at home also, we need to settle in - the rest will come by itself."

When questioned on what they had improved on, he explained: "Everything. I'm new in the team, I'm here not even a month, Paul was still at home....we need to get to know the players, the way we play and the simple things. Off the pitch and on the pitch are both new.

"We need to get to know this club. We get to know the philosophy of the coach also, which I'm used to from before. Everything is new, it's like a big puzzle and we need to put the puzzle together and then we work through everything."

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