Zlatan Ibrahimovic Likely Returning in 2017, Paul Pogba Status Still Unknown

November 2016

Jose Mourinho says that he thinks Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to first-team action for Manchester United before the end of the year, though admits it's "just a feeling".

The 36-year-old striker is making impressive progress in his recovery from knee ligament damage after being rewarded with a contract until the end of the season.

The return of the illustrious Swede who will wear the club's No. 10 Jersey will be a welcome relief to Romelu Lukaku who might otherwise find himself under pressure owing to the sheer number of competitions the Mancunian side will have to battle it out in during the festive period.

Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in his maiden campaign in English football before suffering a serious knee injury in the Europa League quarter-final with Anderlecht in April. 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 is just a feeling".

Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick all remain sidelined, while Mourinho appears no closer to discovering when Paul Pogba is likely to recover from a long-term hamstring issue. "I don't know when he comes back, when he's available, I have no idea".

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.

Mourinho's position on injuries has been at the centre of attention this week after he insisted that he does not "cry" over absent players while accusing rival managers of doing precisely that.

"I don't want to speak about signings yet, or market or January, we are in October, we have November, December and half of October to play, so why should I speak about the market". "Doesn't mean I don't miss the players".

"Nobody is back from injury but we go with what we have".

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