Mourinho knew Ibrahimovic would be ‘massive’ for United

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho never doubted Zlatan Ibrahimovic would have a "massive" impact this season.

The Swede continued his goalscoring ways on Sunday, coming off the bench to secure a 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup.

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Ibrahimovic has scored five goals in his past four games in all competitions and took his tally to 24 for the season.

The 35-year-old arrived at Old Trafford with several question marks, but Mourinho said he knew what the former Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona striker would produce.

"I don't know the number of goals [Ibrahimovic has scored], I don't know," he told a news conference.

"I knew that he would be a very important player for us. I knew that for sure.

"One more goal, one less goal, but I knew that the contribution would be massive for us."

Ibrahimovic's 75th-minute winner came after Marcus Rashford had cancelled out Danny Graham's opener for the hosts at Ewood Park.

United's win saw them reach the FA Cup quarter-finals, where they were drawn to face Chelsea.

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