Yorke convinced Mourinho will re-invigorate United’s squad
Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke hopes one of Jose Mourinho’s first acts as manager will be to bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Old Trafford.
Mourinho has officially signed his contract to become Louis van Gaal’s successor late on Thursday afternoon, before United made an official announcement on the Portuguese’s appointment on Friday morning.
Mourinho and Ibrahimovic have remained very close after spending a year working together at Inter Milan, where the pair won the Serie A title.
That has led to speculation that Ibrahimovic – who has confirmed he will leave Paris Saint Germain this summer when his contract expires – could be reunited at Old Trafford next season, and Yorke believes the pair are capable of restoring United to greatness.
“I have to say I am a fan of Zlatan as well I think he has been tremendous [throughout his career] and certainly in his time at PSG he has been terrific,”.
“He seems to get better with age and he is relishing the opportunity of playing in the Premier League. He’s been everywhere else and I am sure he would love to finish his career at Manchester United if given the chance.
“If Zlatan joins Manchester United under Mourinho I think it will be a huge step in the right direction to make Manchester United the No 1 club in the country once again.”
Yorke is convinced Mourinho will re-invigorate United’s squad and says the 53-year-old’s track record in management suggests can get the best out of the players inherited from his predecessor Van Gaal.
“You only have to look at what he has achieved over his career to see that he certainly brings a winning formula,” said Yorke, who won the treble with United in 1999.
“I think he will certainly put United back on top where they belong. He knows he has a challenge in terms of the players he has inherited from the Van Gaal regime but I think he will certainly get the best out of the players, which I don’t think Van Gaal was able to do.”
Yorke has previously stated his preference to succeed Van Gaal was former team-mate Ryan Giggs and the ex-Trinidad and Tobago international is keen to see the Welshman retained by the club in some capacity under Mourinho.
“Everyone knows my first choice was Giggsy and I thought he may have had the opportunity,” Yorke said.
“Especially, when you look around in terms of other players who have come out of the game and been given the opportunity to manage such huge clubs, that is, Zinedine Zidane, Pep Guardiola, Luis Enrique and Diego Simeone with what he is doing at Atletico Madrid as well.
“You would have thought he may get the opportunity after three years as assistant and he’s also been at the football club for nearly three decades. It’s not to be but I think it’s crucial they keep Giggsy at the club.”
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