Monday 24 September 2018

Zlatan: We can win all

Europa hat-trick hero fighting on four fronts

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Jose Mourinho's young Reds will take a three-goal lead and a rock solid position to France for the Europa League last-32, second-leg.

But it was veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic who made the difference against Saint-Etienne at Old Trafford.

A hodge-podge hat-trick made up of a deflected free-kick, a tap-in and a penalty kick completed in the dying moments of the game was celebrated with a deserved standing ovation.

Ibrahimovic said: "We're winning (but) in a short time everything can change so it's important to keep working hard, get the wins we need and keep the confidence.

"We're happy at the moment. This is the decisive moment for the season and the second half of the season is the one which decides what will happen.

"That's the objective (to keep fighting on four fronts). We're still in four (competitions), if we don't win the Premier League we could get some other trophies and that's good also."

A smart move by Mourinho at the break which replaced Marouane Fellaini with Jesse Lingaard for the second half changed the momentum of the game and sparked United into action.

Mourinho can spread the load around his squad for the FA Cup tie on Sunday and in next week's second leg.

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