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Zlatan Ibrahimovic to play for Manchester United in 2017!

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play for the club again in 2017. The Swedish striker suffered what could have been a career-ending injury in a UEFA Europa League match in April, along with Marcos Rojo and it was deemed that Ibrahimovic would not be back until the second half of the season, penciling him in from January 2018. In his press conference ahead of the Huddersfield Town match on Saturday afternoon, Mourinho suggested his star striker from last season could play again before the end of the year. Mourinho, reported by the official Manchester United website, said:

“Zlatan is here. He’s working here and under our control. He’s working as you would expect – so, so, so hard. But he’s not going to be back in the next week or the next couple of weeks. Let him take his time and be back when everybody feels is the right moment. Do I believe he’ll be back in 2017? Yes, I do. But it’s just a feeling.”

It is something to savour when the big Swede is back in action, he and Romelu Lukaku, along with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial would be some impressive forward line. Of course, there is no guarantee any of them will play together as Mourinho has been playing one out-and-out striker this season but he could opt for two in big matches, which would give United’s opposition something to worry about. The rotation options would see strong United attacking players reserved for each an every match, which would keep players fresh throughout the week, not having much reliance on a particular player.

Earlier on Friday, former Manchester United striker Andy Cole gave an interview with the official Manchester United website and he gave his opinion on Ibrahimovic, also suggesting that he could be back in action for the club, possibly before the end of the year. When talking about the Swede in the gym, Cole said:

“He is doing very good. I had a chat with Zlatan when he was in the gym the other day. I think he is looking forward to coming back, most probably in December or January time. I think he will definitely bring something to the football team, as we already know. After last season, he was fantastic. It will be nice to see him back when he returns.”

Cole then gave his opinion on the player returning in December of January, which is when Mourinho earmarked a return for the player, saying:

“Yeah, December or January time, of course, it is not bad! But like he keeps saying, he is not human. I love his banter and I think his enthusiasm for the game of football, and what he is around the complex, speaks volumes about him.”

It will be a major boost for United once injuries are out-of-the-way, which will never truly be a thing as players will carry injuries for much of the season. At this moment in time though, United are without Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly, Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini. Mourinho has confirmed that Marcus Rashford did not suffer an injury on Wednesday evening after scoring that goal against Benfica and Phil Jones, who was on the bench for that match, will be available to face Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield.

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