Mourinho ordered us to be more direct, says Ibrahimovic

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United (C) celebrates as he scores their first and equalising goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on January 15, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed the Jose Mourinho ordered his Manchester United team to play ‘more direct’ in the second half against Liverpool.

Both sides played out a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, Ibrahimovic’s 84th minute header cancelling out James Milner’s first half penalty when it started to look like Liverpool could hang on for a famous victory.

After a poor showing from United in the first 45 minutes, Ibrahimovic explained how Mourinho’s half-time orders were to push forward and take the game to their opposition.

‘We got one point, we were not at the top of our game. It was a hard fight. We were 1-0 down and chased and chased, it was a different game in the second half and we got an equaliser,’ Ibrahimovic told Sky Sports after the game.

Revealed: Ibrahimovic explains how Mourinho changed Man United's tactics to snatch draw
Ibrahimovic explained how United went direct in the second half. (Picture: Getty)

‘We made simple mistakes. We were more direct in the second half. They played with high pressure and in the first half there were too many mistakes in our build up,’ he added.

‘We would like to win every game of course to close the gap even more but 1-1, we continue like this, we haven’t lost a game in 15 or 16 and we are there.’

Manchester United travel to Stoke City in their next Premier League outing.

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