Zlatan Ibrahimovic is once more a Manchester United player.
The veteran Swede signed for the Red Devils in 2016/17, and had scored an amazing 28 goals in all competitions before his season was cruelly ended by a serious knee-ligament injury in April.
Many thought Ibrahimovic’s Man United career over before last month when manager Jose Mourinho confirmed the club’s intention to return him to the fold once he regained fitness.
The 35-year-old has made great progress with his recovery after having undergone surgery in May, and now he is back at the club.
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“I am back to finish what I started. It was always mine and the club’s intention for me to stay,” he told manutd.com on Thursday.
“I cannot wait to get back out on that Old Trafford pitch, but I also know that I have to take my time to make sure that I am ready.
“I have been working hard and will continue to do so to make sure I am in the best possible condition for my return to the pitch.”
Mourinho: Zlatan will aid us later in the season
Having seen Ibrahimovic play such a starring role in United’s successes of last season, United boss Mourinho has welcomed the Swede’s return to the club.
The Portuguese believes the veteran forward will prove valuable to the Red Devils in the second leg of 2017/18, with the club chasing glory in four competitions.
“We are delighted Zlatan is on the road to recovery and we are equally delighted to have his ambition and experience back with us,” said Mourinho.
“After his contribution last season he deserves our trust and we will be patient waiting for him to return. I have no doubt that he will be important in the second part of the season.”
Ibrahimovic announces his return… Zlatan style!
Ibrahimovic, who has won the top division league in four different countries in his long and illustrious career, has a well-documented egotistical side.
Besides having a larger-than-life statue created in his native Sweden, the former PSG striker regularly makes comically boastful statements to the press.
His return to Man United was obviously not going to be announced any differently.
The 35-year-old posted a picture on his Twitter account on which he models as Jesus and arm-wrestles the devil. The caption? “I UNITED it @ManUtd.”
Ibrahimovic, whose career began in 1999 with Malmo, will wear the no. 10 shirt at United, having seen his previous #9 claimed by record-signing Romelu Lukaku.