Jose Mourinho explains why Michael Carrick can not play every Manchester United game

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring their second goal with Phil Jones and Juan Mata

Zlatan Ibrahimovic eased the pressure on Jose Mourinho as the Manchester United striker's double sealed a 3-1 win at struggling Swansea yesterday.

A Paul Pogba half-volley and a Zlatan Ibrahimovic brace saw United run riot in the first half at the Liberty Stadium, before Mike van der Hoorn pulled back a late consolation. "We look a different more confident side with Carrick in midfield", the former United 'keeper tweeted.

Swansea remain one place off the bottom of the Premier League and are only above Sunderland on goal difference. United were 3-0 up inside 33 minutes and it felt like a trick of the mind that Mourinho's team had come into this game short of confidence and facing so many questions about their form. This news story is related to Latest/162856-Man-Uniteds-big-guns-Zlatan-and-Pogba-fire-at-last/ - breaking news, latest news, pakistan ne.

Phil Jones and Michael Carrick made their first league starts of the season and Wayne Rooney returned after being out of the starting line-up since September 18. The Swans have been pushed around and handily defeated a number of times throughout the season, and so far they have accumulated just 15 yellow cards and no red cards throughout the first 11 games of the campaign.

"Every sport - and I know that because I have friends from other sports who play at the highest level - you play when you are not 100 per cent. Today we needed goals to win and we got them".

It was a reprieve for Swansea but only temporary.

So, once United settled, they enjoyed a glut of possession. Ibrahimovic was the scorer and from Swansea's point of view the defending was shambolic.

"All I can do is just keep plugging away and never give up".

They continued to pass the ball easily and comfort and denied Swansea a foothold until the 69th minute.

With Swansea unable to string three or four passes together in possession and powerless to stem the constant wave of United attacks without the ball, unrest started to fester in the stands.

"I've worked hard to get back to where I am fitness-wise".

The withdrawals of left-back Shaw and centre-back Smalling compounded United's defensive problems, with right-back Antonio Valencia and centre-back Eric Bailly having already been ruled out.

Rooney was prominent in the opening exchanges, nearly setting up Gylfi Sigurdsson with an errant pass across the face of his own box and then curling just wide at the other end.

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