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Mourinho hints at Ibrahimovic return against Man City

Mourinho hints at Ibrahimovic return against Man City

After playing 59 minutes across four substitute appearances since recovering from a serious knee injury, Ibrahimovic had appeared to be in contention to start in the European encounter at Old Trafford.

Mourinho revealed he will make changes ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash with Manchester City with Sergio Romero set to start in goal as De Gea is given a night off after his heroics helped United to a 3-1 win at Arsenal on Saturday.

Mourinho is reportedly interested in luring the Germany global to Old Trafford, while FC Barcelona and Liverpool, among others, are also said to be keeping a close watch on the player.

"Zlatan is not injured", the United manager said.

"Zlatan needs sometimes very hard work on the muscular area that supports the knee that had the problem", Mourinho added. "To work really hard for a certain period of time he can not play for theses days, so we decide to do that".

"He's on that cycle of work now, divided between gym and pitch".




The United boss confirmed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still unavailable for selection as the striker is still working his way back to full fitness following seven months out with a knee injury.

But Jose Mourinho said the 22-year-old has impressed with his attitude in training and deserves a chance.

A number of players have also been tipped to leave United in January, with the futures of Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian and Marouane Fellaini all far from secure. "I am not going to make him play tomorrow so Matic is out", he told a news conference on Monday. Sooner or later it will arrive because he deserves it.

"It's the match that matters".

"Selected for Tuesday, yes for sure. To start or to be on the bench, I can not answer". The other clubs also involved in qualifying, so I need to keep certain balance in the team. "Since he was back from injury he's been phenomenal".


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