Ibrahimovic is like superman – Mourinho

EPL By: Olakunle Brown | 18/12/2016

Zlatan enjoying time at Manchester United

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hailed striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his impact on his team so far this season and likened him to superman.

The big Swede arrived England at 34, and many wondered if he had the legs to compete in the most difficult league in the world but he has so far proved all doubters wrong with his form for the Red Devils.

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Ibrahimovic has scored 16 goals in all competitions this season and his brace against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Saturday evening made it 100 strikes in 170 league games since the start of 2011-12 campaign - a run that includes spells at AC Milan, PSG and Man United..

Mourinho admits to being happy for the former Paris Saint-Germain ace, but says that he is equally pleased to now have a week-long break before United's next outing to give his star attacker a much-needed rest.

"I'm so pleased for him," he told BBC Sport. "He's the kind of player who doesn't need to prove anything to anyone but when he decides to come to England in the last period of his career, to the most difficult championship, I think he proved he's a superman in his mentality.

"What he's doing is fantastic. At the age of 35, I think it's a dream for every striker of 25 to arrive in the Premier League and impress as he is doing. I need to give him a rest and now we have a week, we don't have a match after 48 hours. It's not just him."