Zlatan Ibrahimovic & Man United
Increasingly, it looks likely that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will remain a Manchester United player, once he is over the serious knee injury picked up at Old Trafford.
Ibra is currently on the injury comeback trail following an ACL injury picked up against Anderlecht in the Europa League. He’s since travelled to America for surgery on his knee, and he appears to be making a remarkable recovery.
Some believe the Swedish star could be back in action by November; that would be unbelivable, as the 36-year-old was initially thought to be out of action until early in 2018.
For the record, Ibra is once again a free agent having seen his contract at Old Trafford expire.
Pogba & Mourinho
This week it’s started to become increasingly clear that Ibra is in line to sign on a Man United again this season.
Earlier in the week, Paul Pogba revealed that Zlatan is continuing his comeback from injury at United’s training ground, while the forward remains an important person around the club. At a press conference Pogba said:
Obviously Zlatan is a leader, always a big leader. And he’s still a big leader because he’s still in the team, even when he’s not playing he’s a leader outside of the pitch.
Jose Mourinho has now added his voice to the Zlatan conversation.
The Special One has made it clear that just because Man United signed Romelu Lukaku, that doesn’t mean there’s no room for Ibra at Old Trafford. As quoted in the Times, Mourinho said:
“We spent big money on a striker because, with strikers, you either spend [big] or you don’t get,” he said. “And we spent because of what happened to Zlatan and we cannot allow ourselves to be without an important, strong striker for the first six months of the season.”