Football: Man United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits players have let Jose Mourinho down

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (above) said that manager Jose Mourinho told them they were "not good enough" during their match against Everton.
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (above) said that manager Jose Mourinho told them they were "not good enough" during their match against Everton. PHOTO: REUTERS

London (AFP) - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is giving "200 per cent" for the club and is being let down by his underperforming players, according to top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"I think the coach is doing the absolute maximum with the team he has. Two hundred per cent," said Ibrahimovic, as quoted by several British newspapers on Sunday.

"If we were good enough to be number one, we would be number one in the table."

Ibrahimovic, 35, won the Serie A title under Mourinho at Inter Milan in 2009 and says the Portuguese has lost none of his intensity.

"He still has the same winning mentality, because that you don't lose," said the Swede, who has scored 27 goals in all competitions since joining United from Paris Saint-Germain last year.

"When you have it, you have it. It is nothing you learn or can try to be. Either you are or you are not.

"I know him very well. He is direct in his work. I prefer that.

"He sends you the message he is thinking and he is the boss. He decides and controls the situation. It is the way it works and I am from the old generation, which I think was more like that.

"At half-time against Everton (in last Tuesday's 1-1 draw), he told us we were not good enough. We should hear it, because we were not."