Jose Mourinho reveals how Zlatan Ibrahimovic disobeyed orders during poor Man United run

Jose Mourinho reveals how Zlatan Ibrahimovic disobeyed orders during poor Man United run

The Swedish striker chose to stay with the club for their EFL Cup tie last month despite being offered an extended break by his manager.

Ibrahimovic is certainly a unique character, which he has already proved to Manchester United fans with a selfless gesture during the team's poor run of form in September.

Having been beaten in the Manchester derby before going down to Watford, the Red Devils faced a trip to League One side Northampton Town before resuming Premier League duties at home to Leicester.

Considering that Zlatan is not getting any younger, Mourinho decided to offer the striker the full week to recover.

However, the former Paris Saint-Germain forward was having none of it, opting to travel with the squad in a match where he ended up playing the majority of the second half.

"I know that [he is] an example, for sure. He's fantastic. He's fantastic," the United manager is quoted as saying by the Metro.

"There was one episode that I can tell you where he was supposed not to play against Northampton.

"But because the match before that we lost he came to me and told me that he didn't want his three days off that I was supposed to give him.

"He said I want to go to that match because maybe the team needs me.

"He plays because he is an important player in my team and because he plays really well.

"That is why he plays, it is not because of his record or his experience."

Despite this, the Portuguese coach stated yesterday ahead of United's home Europa League tie against Fenerbahce that none of his players, specifically Paul Pogba and Ibrahimovic, are immune to being dropped from the side.

"Not untouchable. Untouchable in our team has to be the spirit, the pride, the commitment to the club, the respect to the fans - that has to be untouchable, not players."

Mourinho's side kick off against the Turkish outfit at 20.05 at Old Trafford this evening.