Jose Mourinho explains new Man United signing’s absence for China tour

Man United manager Jose Mourinho explains Zlatan Ibrahimovic's absence in China

Jose Mourinho has explained why Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been omitted from Manchester United’s squad for their tour of China.

The Red Devils completed a deal for the Sweden legend earlier this month after the 34-year-old called time on his Paris Saint-Germain career following a fourth successive Ligue 1 triumph in May.

While new arrivals Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have already joined up with the United squad following their big-money moves from Villarreal and Borussia Dortmund, Ibrahimovic remains a noticeable absentee.

And United manager Mourinho revealed that he felt the veteran striker needed an extended break despite Sweden’s early exit from the European championship after failing to get out of the group stage in France.

“My decision on Zlatan is the consequence of many hours of study, analysis and discussion with my staff,” Mourinho told United’s website.

“Despite the fact he was out of the Euros one match before the English guys, everything is different. The body is different, the mind is different and the timing to have holidays and even things you don’t know, and don’t have to know, is to prepare in a different way like we do at training level.

“We try to do suits by measure that are perfect for the person and the way I’m building the team is more important for me with the players from other positions than the one I think who is going to play as the striker.

“I need to change the profile of the team in relation to other dynamics. The striker will be the easy one to finish the puzzle.”

Ibrahimovic scored 38 times in 31 Ligue 1 games for PSG as Laurent Blanc’s side eased to the French top-flight crown.

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United finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season in Louis van Gaal’s second season in charge at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils did, however, win the FA Cup thanks to a 2-1 extra-time victory over Crystal Palace at Wembley.

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