Zlatan still has what it takes, says United boss
MANCHESTER United manager Jose Mourinho says Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still a player to be reckoned with despite the Swedish star reaching the veteran stage of his career.
Ibrahimovic is 34 but scored on his debut for United in an opening-round 3-1 win at Bournemouth with Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney also on target.
Mourinho said Ibrahimovic had already been an influence at the club both on and off the field and he still had lots to give.
"For the team, you have to forget the passport, that he is 34 years old," he said.
"The body and mentality are not those of a 34-year-old guy.
"He's at the top of his qualities."
The win put United top of the English Premier League after the first round.
Liverpool joined the Reds on three points after an impressive 4-3 win at Arsenal.
The hosts took the lead through Theo Walcott, who had missed a penalty just over a minute earlier, but Jurgen Klopp's side stormed back with a double from Philippe Coutinho and strikes from Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane taking it 4-1 up.
Arsenal hit back twice through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers, but ultimately came up short.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, in the last year of his contract, said Arsenal lacked some nouse defensively.
"We played a very good first half and I think we were very unlucky to concede a goal just before half-time," Wenger told Sky Sports.
"We didn't recover really from that, and after that we paid for a lack of experience at the back and the fact that some players are not physically ready to last 90 minutes at that level.
"But overall it's disappointing, because in the first half you think we should come out with at least one goal [in front] for us, and 10 minutes later you are 3-1 down. It was difficult to recover."