Jose Mourinho has said he can’t play Micheal Carrick all the time because of the player’s age but he would like him to be involved more often.
Carrick, 35, made his first Premier League start in United’s 3-1 win over Swansea on Sunday and was hailed for his contribution in the game.
After the Sunday game Mourinho said; “I would love to play him every game but that is not possible.”
“Why? For the same reason that I cannot go to the gym every day anymore! He started today and he played very, very well.”
Mourinho also praised striker Ibrahimovic who suffered a small drought before scoring a brace in the last game.
“He is not a player who lacks confidence,” Mourinho said. “I used to say that a striker who doesn’t score goals and does nothing else is one player less.
“But a striker that doesn’t score goals but does everything else is a very important player for the team. He wasn’t scoring goals but he was doing everything else.
“He was working defensively, in the build-up and the second phase of the attack, he was giving assists and contributing towards the goalkeeper that was playing against us always being the man of the match.
“He was doing so many things that I wasn’t worried but today we needed goals and he got them.”