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Napoli told to give up Zlatan dream

Andreas Pereira

As things stand now, the chances of Manchester United making the UEFA Champions League cut next year look dim.

The Swede has been in fine form since moving to Old Trafford on a free transfer a year ago, netting 26 goals in all competitions.

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists Jose Mourinho is the ideal manager at Old Trafford. "In order to raise my level a little, I had to come to England and show to everyone who I am", he told former Juventus, AC Milan and England head coach Fabio Capello in an interview with FOXSports Italia on Friday. Ultimately, it's how Mourinho manages him over a two-year period because he wants to play every match.

United are also expected to spend big to bring in a new striker, with Ibrahimovic having been forced to shoulder much of the goalscoring burden this season netting 21 times. "He works you so that when you are on the pitch, you give 200 percent, and this is what I needed at my age". The Premier League has a lot of fans and you need to keep up a certain tempo'.

The Swede signed a one-year contract with an option with the Red Devils last summer, though recent reports have linked him with a move back to Serie A at season's end.

The former Paris Saint-Germain forward is now serving a three-match Premier League suspension and will miss United's Sunday lunchtime game at struggling Middlesbrough.

It remains to be seen if LA Galaxy's money power can lure Ibrahimovic to join the United States side to become the second Manchester United player to do so after David Beckham. "In England, the team that makes the fewest mistakes is the one that wins".