Not risk it
Jose Mourinho and Manchester United have been handed a warning from the doctor who operated on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and told that the player should not be rushed back too soon.
That’s something Mourinho has made clear regardless, and claimed that he does not want to see Zlatan rushed back into the side – and luckily for United the form of summer signing Romelu Lukaku along with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial means United can take their time and wait until they’re certain Zlatan is ready.
“I have no worry about his injury as it always takes time to fully recover,” he told the South China Morning Post .
“In fact the EPL has just started and I am sure Manchester United would not need the player urgently for any crucial game either in the league or European competitions.
“He is very strong but soccer is still a combative sport. As a doctor, of course I want to see him return as slow as possible, only when he is fully fit for the game. There have been many cases of a player returning prematurely with bad consequences.”
The boost of being able to have someone like Zlatan – and indeed the injured Rojo return for the second half of the season means their squad is in an enviable position and almost like they’re making new signings – which will certainly be a cliche that’s wheeled out when the duo return.
Much like their time in Spain, it seems Mourinho and Guardiola will be facing off for the biggest trophy in domestic football come May.