Jose Mourinho: I don't care about reliance on Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Jose Mourinho has said that he does not care that Manchester United have been relying on Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goals recently.
Ibrahimovic scored both of United's goals in a 2-0 win away against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, meaning he has netted 10 goals in his last nine appearances for the club.
When asked about the reliance on Ibrahimovic, Mourinho told BT Sport: "No, I don't care. We need to score more goals than the opponents and we managed to do that in the last three matches.
"We took nine points in a period when we really needed them. We were tired of playing well and drawing matches."
On former Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain striker Ibrahimovic, he said: "I keep saying that, for me, it is not his body -- it is more up here [in the head].
"It is a pleasure to see him play, his happiness. It's fantastic for a 35-year-old guy."
The United manager added on BBC Sport: "I'm so pleased for him [Ibrahimovic]. He is the kind of player who doesn't need to prove anything to anyone but when he decided to come to England for the last period of his career -- to the most difficult championship in the world -- I think he proved he is a superman in his mentality.
"What he is doing at 35 is a dream for every striker of 25 in the Premier League. I need to give him a rest. Now we have a little rest for the first time. It is not just him but everybody."
Asked if he was expecting the striker to make such an impact, Mourinho said: ''Yes. I was expecting that because I knew the reasons why he was coming.
''He was not coming for the wrong reasons. He was not coming for the money, he was not coming for the prestige. He was coming to enjoy his football and play for one of the best teams in the world.
''He is playing amazingly well but even in the period he was not scoring goals he was important for us. We bought him for more than just to score goals. In the last two matches he scores three goals and we get six points in two away matches.''
Ibrahimovic has featured in 25 of United's 27 matches this season and shown few ill-effects and Mourinho admitted he was not planning on using him quite as much.
The manager continued: "No, I didn't expect it. I was expecting in the Europa League to give him a different situation but we put ourselves in a difficult situation losing the first match at Feyenoord and then every match became important, including the last one.
"We communicate and exchange ideas about his situation, his feelings and up to now he is feeling great.
"I am very lucky as he is not just a normal player. He is not a player who plays in a position where he can hide a little bit. He plays with experience.
"Amazing central defenders can play until they are they are really old but a striker you cannot hide -- and he is doing really well."
Mourinho said the performance of his team in general was "very good" on Saturday.
He added: "We played really well at Crystal Palace and today, even better. We were always in control against a very difficult team. We could have scored the second goal earlier, when Rooney hit the post and Lingard missed a chance, but we still showed our maturity and consistency, and we defended well. I'm very happy for them."
United went ahead in the fifth minute when Jesse Lingard produced an impressive run and cross for Ibrahimovic to head in. The Swede added his second in the 56th minute when he flicked the ball up, found space and scored with a deflected strike.
Ibrahimovic said: "It went good. It was a difficult game, which we were prepared for. We said it would be even more difficult than Crystal Palace and the guys did a fantastic job. This game, we won collectively.
"I'm feeling good. At the end, I felt a little bit tired. When the team is doing good, it is easier, but the most important thing is the three points.
"We work hard. We are always doing sacrifices for each other."
United kept a third clean sheet in four games in all competitions, with Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo again impressing in central defence. With Chris Smalling coming off the bench at The Hawthorns, United also have another option to choose from.
Jones said: "I think we controlled them [West Brom] very well, right from the first whistle. We knew it was going to be a fight here."
Arindam is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @ARejSport.