United set to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic again by the end of the year

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has decided to sign a new deal with Manchester United upon his return from injury as he continues to work hard on his rehabilitation process at Carrington.

The 35-year-old, who claimed 28 goals last season, suffered ligament damage in his knee during a 2-1 win over Anderlecht in the Europa League back in April and was subsequently released from the club in June.

Jose Mourinho has secured the services of Romelu Lukaku from Everton as a replacement for the bombastic Swede, set to return to fitness by January, but recently made it clear that the club was intent on seeing the striker return to the United dressing room.

“Maybe he’ll stay with us,” he said ahead of United’s 2-1 UEFA Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid. “He’s not got a contract, but he’s still close to Manchester, and the fact we are involved in the Super Cup now is also his merit.”

Gianluca Di Marzio recently reported that Zlatan, uninterested in a move to the MLS, has entered talks with the club over a short term deal once he returns from injury, with Mourinho keen to use the prolific Swede as back-up for Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial during what promises to be a busy season balancing the Premier League and Champions League.

The Italian journalist also notes that the striker, despite still convalescing, is training for four to five hours each day in an attempt to regain the startling brilliance of last season that caught the footballing world by surprise. A nine month spell on the sidelines can be hugely detrimental, especially for 35-year-olds, but nobody should contemplate ruling out the big Swede.

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Kevin Thatcher is a freelance journalist who's work has featured in various national and international publications, including Mail Online & The Mirror. Kevin has been a Manchester United season ticket holder in South Stand for many years, and writes for RedMancunian to combine both his love for writing, and club.

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