Jose Mourinho confirms Ibrahimovic is closing in on a return

Doug Mendoza
October 21, 2017

Ibrahimovic has been absent since April after suffering a serious knee injury, but United still opted to hand the 36-year-old a new contract after scoring 28 goals last season.

SunSport told you he is back in training with the first team. "He's working here and under our control".

The United boss continued: "He's working as you would expect - so, so, so hard". "I think he is looking forward to coming back, most probably in December or January time". "Yes I do, but it's just a feeling".

In Mourinho's case, there were a couple of areas - left-back and attacking midfield - he wanted to address that the club couldn't get over the line - mainly because, by August, a loaf of bread would have cost around £100m on the transfer market.

Mourinho delivered some good news in confirming that Rashford is fit and ready to face Huddersfield on Saturday, but admits he does not know when his other stars will be available for selection.

The former was left as an unused substitute in Lisbon after suffering a knock during the worldwide break, while the latter limped off with a knee problem late in the second half after seeing his speculative 35-yard free-kick inadvertently carried over the goal-line by young goalkeeper Mile Svilar.

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He has said he does not even know when the pair will be back although while Pogba remains in Florida for rehabilitation, veteran Ibrahimovic is now back with United's medical staff in Manchester and has posted social media pictures of his recovery.

Mourinho said in a press conference: "Paul is not here, I don't know when he comes back, when he's available, I've no idea".

On United's general injury situation, he said: "The injury process normally is a process of some guys get injured, some guys recover from injury, unless we lose completely the balance, this happens to nearly every team".

"I don't know what to say", he said.

"What I expect from a normal season is Zlatan will be back and Marcos will be back, and Pogba and Fellaini will be back and someone will get injured".

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