Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be handed extended break

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that he will hand enigmatic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic four days off during the international break. 

Zlatan, who retired from international football following Sweden's poor Euro 2016 campaign, has made a fine start to life on English soil. 

The 34-year-old may well be approaching the latter stages of his career but is showing no signs of slowing down. 


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Indeed, the ex-PSG man has struck on four occasions during his opening four fixtures for the Red Devils. 

He failed to fire against Hull City this past weekend but once again played an integral role in helping his side claim all three points. 

Zlatan break 

Unsurprisingly, then, Mourinho has opted to hand his star striker an extended break this week. 

“If you’re 34 years of age, you need to rest,” Mourinho said, as per the Independent. “You can’t play 70 matches.

“The other guys who aren’t selected for their national teams, I give them two days off, but for Zlatan, I give holidays a la carte.

“It depends on the situation. He’s playing every match, every minute.

“Four matches, he played 360 minutes. So it’s four days off for the big guy.”

Derby showdown 

With a derby showdown against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City on the horizon, it's not exactly surprising that Mourinho is determined to keep Zlatan feeling fresh. 

With the Special One taking charge, there's absolutely no reason why the Sweden superstar won't be ready to express himself against City next month. 

While Zlatan will almost certainly be handed a prominent role, there's a chance that City forward Sergio Aguero will have to sit out of the fixture. 

That's because the Argentine ace could face retrospective action from the FA after appearing to elbow West Ham United man Winston Reid. 

City managed to secure all three points against West Ham on Sunday, but the loss of Aguero for the Manchester derby could prove to be extremely costly. 

Who will score more league goals this season: Zlatan or Aguero? Have your say below! 

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