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Mourinho expects Ibrahimovic to return in 2017


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 bagged a fine haul of 28 goals in 46 appearances for the Red Devils last season before suffering a knee injury, with fans across the world fearing that the Swede's career might be over.

That is not to be the case, however, if everything stays on track, with Mourinho backing up former striker Andy Cole's assertion that Ibra could return before 2018.

“Zlatan is here, under our control, working as I would expect, so, so hard, but he’s not back in a week or a couple of weeks,” the Man Utd boss told a press conference on Friday.

“Let’s let him take his time and be back in the right moment. Do I think he will be back in 2017? Yes I do, but it’s just a feeling.”

Ibrahimovic isn't the Portuguese boss' only injury concern, however, with Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and, more recently, Marcus Rashford all having spent time on the sidelines.

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