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Ibrahimovic pleased with confidence boosting win

2016-09-30 10:04
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Zlatan Ibrahimovic thinks Manchester United will take confidence from their narrow 1-0 victory over Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Red Devils climbed off the bottom of Group A thanks to a 69th-minute goal from Ibrahimovic, who headed home Wayne Rooney's mis-hit effort at the far post.

It was the 34-year-old's first goal in five matches and Jose Mourinho's side's first effort on target against their Ukrainian opponents.

"It was not an easy game, we played well, created chances," the Swede told BT Sport.

"If you don't score in the beginning then the spaces get smaller. After the goal there was more space. It was a decent game and we won. It was good to take the three points.

"If you want to go through you need to win the game. We won but we could do much more. We are working hard. Against Leicester we did a good game, today we did a good game and it is good for confidence."

Despite the lack of shots on target, the Red Devils dominated proceedings at Old Trafford and were unlucky not to win by a bigger margin.

Mourinho, whose United side face Stoke in the Premier League on Sunday, was relieved to overcome a "difficult" challenge.

"It was difficult, we had chances in the first half but we didn't take them and they were organised with people behind the ball," said Mourinho.

"(In) one week (we had) three defeats, one week (we have) three victories. I was not depressed with the defeats or on the moon with the victories. The game on Sunday is now the most important."

Looking ahead to Stoke, he added: "We have almost everybody in position to play. It is a very difficult match, Stoke (do not belong) where they are in the table... they have a good manager and players."

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