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Zlatan won't return until new year according to Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho says it could be the new year before Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes his Manchester United return.

The striker signed a new contract yesterday but is still recovering from a serious knee injury.

Mourinho says he definitely won't play in the Champions League group stage.


Man United announce the signing of midfielder Nemanja Matic from Chelsea

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Manchester United have announced the signing of midfielder Nemanja Matic from Chelsea on a three-year contract, with an option for a further year

On Manchester United's website, Matic is quoted as saying: "I am delighted to have joined Manchester United. To work with Jose Mourinho once again was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down."I have enjoyed my time at Chelsea and would like to thank the club and the fans for their support. I cannot wait to meet my new team-mates and to start training with them.

"This is a very exciting time for the club and I am looking forward to playing my part in creating more history for this great club."

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Romelu Lukaku is "excited" to be "starting a new chapter"

Romelu Lukaku Credit: MUTV

It's not a bad way to start your new job, is it?

Training in the sunshine in Los Angeles.

After completing his move from Everton, Romelu Lukaku has been put through his paces by his new Manchester United team mates.

Jose Mourinho's squad will kick off their pre-season tour of America with a game against LA Galaxy this weekend.

And helping get Lukaku fit for action is his old mate Paul Pogba. Their competitive natures make them a fascinating combination.

Footage is courtesy of MUTV:

Ex-Manchester United star Philip Mulryne takes part in his first mass as a priest

Former Manchester United player Philip Mulryne during his inaugural mass at St Oliver Plunkett Church in West Belfast following his ordination. Credit: Press Association

A former Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer ordained to the priesthood has taken part in his first Mass.

Philip Mulryne, 39, returned to his native Belfast for a special Catholic religious service at St Oliver Plunkett Church.

The new priest was joined by friends and well-wishers at Monday night's Mass - just a few miles from Windsor Park Stadium, where he once donned the green jersey of his home country - flanked by white-robed members of his order.

The product of the youth system at Old Trafford made his debut for the first team in 1997.

He was unable to secure a regular place in Alex Ferguson's side and left Manchester to continue his playing career at clubs including Norwich City, Cardiff City and Leyton Orient.

The clergyman said his vocation was a calling.

"This is a new chapter now in my life."

He undertook the rites associated with Catholicism, assisted by a more senior cleric, involving the blessing of sacraments, according to Catholic doctrine transforming bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ.

Mass-goers heard how his vocation as a friar preacher should be to "set hearts on fire" with the love of Jesus.

He was made a member of the Dominican Order at an ordination at St Saviour's church in north Dublin at the weekend.

Wayne Rooney - "I'm not coming into a retirement home"

Wayne Rooney said he wasn't "coming into a retirement home" upon his return to Everton today.

The former Manchester United player said he was "excited" to be back in blue.

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