And, despite that, Mourinho says he is happy with his current options up front, which includes new signing Alexis Sanchez, who opened his account for the Old Trafford outfit during Saturday's 2-0 win over Huddersfield.
Mourinho, in fact, claims that the 24-year-old is still far from the finished article and has much of his potential still to fill.
José Mourinho has rejected Ryan Giggs's claim that Paul Pogba must play in a three-man midfield and admits that he has been left "confused" by some of the criticism of the Manchester United midfielder.
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Veteran striker Ibrahimovic, who signed a new one-year contract last summer after initially being released, has been limited to just seven appearances across all competitions since returning from a seven-month absence in a 4-1 win over the Magpies in November, with another right-knee problem keeping him sidelined since the Boxing Day draw with Burnley.
Anthony Martial has told Jose Mourinho that he is relishing regular game time and is hoping to avoid rotation at Manchester United. It means that you have to defend well in this box, you must have the physical condition, the desire, the intensity, the stamina to go until the other box.
"And then when your team loses the ball you have to go to the other box because I think this meaning "box to box" this week I was confused when people say "box to box". That's a box in the box and stay in the box and doesn't move from the box!" "I think nowadays, with some pundits, some agents, some family members, I think the concept of the box-to-box is changing a little bit". I heard it for the first time in 2004 when I arrived. He had a horrendous injury - double break of a leg - something that not a lot of players had to get back from. "But [Rafael] Benitez knows how to get points, so I think it's going to be hard". It's hard to play a midfielder with more potential than Paul. It doesn't matter the tactical system the team plays.