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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho confirms Zlatan Ibrahimovic talks

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the Old Trafford club are in talk with Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic about a possible return for the club once he has recovered from a knee injury which ended his season at United and on his release from the club, possibly even his career at the Theatre of Dreams. Last season, Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in all competitions including 17 in the Premier League. The 35-year-old at the time showed everyone who had written him off that age was just a number. The player had a better  impact than captain Wayne Rooney, who left for Everton during the summer.

Ibrahimovic will turn 36 this year and despite the fact the player is stepping up his recovery from the knee injury sustained in the UEFA Europa League against Anderlecht at Old Trafford in April, he is unlikely to play again before 2018 which could see him play for United until the end of the 2017/18 season, which would uplift the club with another striker in the mix and give current strikers Romelu Lukaku, who arrived for a £75 million fee from Everton and Marcus Rashford a little more insight into the world of Zlatan. Mourinho spoke to the media in his press conference ahead of the clubs first Premier League match in which they will entertain West Ham United, confirming that United were in talks with Ibrahimovic, saying:

“He’s injured and he needs time to recover. He’s not ready to play tomorrow, he’s not something urgent, he’s not something you are desperate to have it done, or not done.

“I just think he was very clear by showing what he did last year was not enough for him. He thinks he can do more, he wants more at football’s highest level, so we are having conversations and we are discussing the possibility of him staying with us for the second part of the season.”

Last season Ibrahimovic became a fans favourite at the club, scoring some crucial goals at the start of the season and bringing back the winning mentality to the club, which had been missing since Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the 2012/13 season, the last time the club won the Premier League title. Ibrahimovic scored the winning goals at Wembley which saw United head back to Manchester with the FA Community Shield, beating then Premier League champions Leicester City 2-1 and the winner in the 3-2 victory over Southampton to lift the EFL Cup, which is now the Carabao Cup. United ended the season by lifting the UEFA Europa League, beating Ajax 2-0 in Swedem, also earning a UEFA Champions League place this season.

United have a long way to go in order to bring back the past glories, but with Mourinho at the helm and the fact he is a winner and strives for his team to have the same mentality, the coming months will tell just hoe far United are on their road to greatness once again. Signing Ibrahimovic until the end of the season, when he is fit will help and drive the players on to finish the season strongly. Ibrahimovic feels he has another two to three seasons left at the top level and seems to have rejected a move to the MLS, seemingly only interested in playing in the top flight again, which could give him a chance to end the season with United, which was taken from him last season.

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