Zlatan dethroned after a decade as Sweden's best player

Zlatan dethroned after a decade as Sweden's best player

Zlatan dethroned after a decade as Sweden's best player

"We are all here because we want to win and we need to because they are first".

Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have given Manchester United a huge boost at a crucial stage of the season by returning from injury, Juan Mata has told ESPN FC in an exclusive interview.

How Jose Mourinho plans to use both strikers consistently is yet to be seen but it's unlikely that fans will see them play together often.

In such a scenario, we can expect Mourinho to make more than a few changes in the starting XI that faced the Magpies at the weekend.

Though he has often dazzled with his long-legged technical artistry, the recognition of Pogba's influence on United's play has been slow in coming.

The enigmatic Swede has, however, been brought back into the fold after recovering from a serious knee injury and 1999 treble victor Cole - who operated alongside the likes of Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during his time with United - believes added competition will prove to be a help rather than a hindrance.

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"I think that's the most important goal in that 4-1 victory".

"He takes the ball into tight areas, holds the ball, beats a man". Talking about Zlatan and the impact that might have on Manchester United, everyone says it is fantastic to have him back, and it is, to have a player of that quality.

"He (Pogba) links the team together", said the former United midfielder. I don't know if he (Zlatan) will have too much mentally and if it will affect Lukaku. He appears to be just as unimpressed with Lukaku's teammate Paul Pogba.

The 24-year-old has been directly responsible for eight goals in his last six league appearances - four goals, four assists - and with him and Ibrahimovic back on the scene, confidence is flooding back.

Ahead of Manchester United's Champions League clash with Basel which could seal their spot in the Round of 16 tomorrow morning (Singapore time), former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher said that the powerful pair can't dovetail as an effective front two.

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