Jose Mourinho’s Major Boost Ahead of Manchester United vs Liverpool

Mourinho and Ibrahimovic
Jose Mourinho, left, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Sixfields, Northampton, England, September 21, 2016. Mourinho expects Ibrahimovic to be fit for Manchester United's match against Liverpool. Shaun Botterill/Getty

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to be fit for Manchester United’s blockbuster Premier League tie with Liverpool on Sunday, according to Jose Mourinho.

The Swedish striker, who is Manchester United’s top scorer since arriving at the club in the summer, missed the club’s 2-0 EFL Cup semifinal win over Hull on Tuesday due to illness.

But Mourinho believes the 35-year-old should be back at the spearhead of United’s attack when Jurgen Klopp’s second-place Liverpool travels to Old Trafford.

“Zlatan is ill, so no problem I think he will be fine [to face Liverpool],” Mourinho said.

Ibrahimovic has been a pivotal part of Manchester United’s season under Mourinho, since the duo joined the club in the summer. He has scored 18 goals in 28 appearances for the club.

Klopp’s Liverpool is five points ahead of United, sixth in the Premier League, so victory is necessary for Mourinho’s side to gain ground.

United is three points off the Champions League positions.