Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has stated that his side must be more clinical if they are to improve and challenge for a place in the Premier League top four.

The Red Devils have been inconsistent so far this season under Jose Mourinho, with a host of disappointing draws recently blighting their points tally.

United sit in sixth place currently and know that a win over fellow top-four hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend is a pre-requisite.

Ibrahimovic has had purple patches and off days since moving to Old Trafford, but remains an important player for Jose Mourinho’s men.

The Swedish veteran has stated that United must take their chances in front of goal to kill off the opposition rather than letting teams back into contention.

“We have created many chances and sometimes you can win 1-0,” the former Paris Saint-Germain star told The Telegraph.

“But I think we have learned now that we have to score more than one goal to make sure we get the three points.

“You need to close [the game] at 1-0, which you can do. You don’t need to win 4-0 every week, but that hasn’t happened yet. Hopefully we can start killing teams off with a second goal. We want to kill every game we play.

“As long as you create the chances, you will eventually score. I think we are performing very good [sic]. The team has got a good balance, we have had some unlucky games and some games where we made simple mistakes to concede a goal, but most of our game is good.

“So, if we can just get a couple of wins in a row, it would give us even more confidence. We are not playing badly.”

The 35-year-old has netted eight Premier League goals so far this season and looks likely to get a contract extension with the Old Trafford side at the end of the current campaign.

Ibrahimovic’s presence has limited opportunities for young talent Marcus Rashford, who has been forced to take up a wide role as a result.

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