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Mourinho won't stand in Zlatan's way if he wants to leave

Zlatan has been linked with a move to the MLS. Credit: PA

Manchester United will not stand in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's way if he wants to leave Old Trafford, manager Jose Mourinho has said.

The 36-year-old striker, who has missed the last six games after aggravating a knee injury, has been linked with MLS side the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Mourinho said: "Zlatan is in last year of his contract. If, if, if - and he said nothing to me - but if, if, if that is true, and Zlatan wants a future in another club in another country, we are here to help and create conditions to help, not to make his life difficult."

Mourinho insists, however, that the Swede has not expressed any desire to leave United to him.

Speaking at a press conference, the United boss said: "He told me nothing about it. First time I read something about this is from you, the media. I read from somewhere or saw on some TV channel.

"He never mentioned that to me so I don't know. The last thing Zlatan told me was he wants to recover totally and help the team.

"He is working hard to be fit - I don't say injured because he is not injured (now) - but he's trying to be ready for the demands of Premier League football."


Pogba and Ibrahimovic both return for Man United

Ibrahimovic and Pogba returning provides a welcome boost to Man United manager, Jose Mourinho. Credit: PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba will return to the Manchester United squad for the match against Newcastle on Saturday.

Striker Ibrahimovic has not played since suffering career-threatening cruciate knee ligament damage in April, since when he has left the club and rejoined. Star midfielder Pogba has been sidelined for two months with a hamstring problem.

On Ibrahimovic's earlier than expected return, Mourinho said: "He was as an injured player the same superb professional he is when he's fit, fantastic. He's a very important player for us.

"We were all saying in 2017 he would be back, but it is one thing on December 31, 2017 and another thing mid-November.

"Of course we welcome him back. He is an incredible personality, to fight such an important injury."

Pogba's return is no less significant given his imposing form at the start of the season and United's lack of a comparable understudy.

"I can say now because he's back, I don't like to speak while he's injured, you can clearly see there is a Manchester United this season before Paul's injury and after Paul's injury," said Mourinho.

"There are qualities in our football, qualities that influence our approach in matches, with Pogba and without Pogba. Simple as that."

Man Utd's Ibrahimovic 'can play for six more years'

Six more years of Zlatan? Credit: PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent claims the veteran striker could play on for another five or six years.

The 36-year-old scored 28 goals for Manchester United last season but is currently recovering from a serious knee ligament injury.

United boss Jose Mourinho opted to re-sign the Swedish forward despite his injury, a decision which looks like paying off for agent Mino Raiola. Raiola told Expressen: "I think God sent Zlatan to me.

"He has so much in him. I think (he will play on for a) minimum (of) another five or six years. I won't let him stop. He has to work for me now.

"I have been working for him for several years. Now it's my turn. My children are grown up and I need money.

"We have agreed that he is only working for me for five years now. So we're flipping it now. The salary comes to me and he gets the commission."

Ibrahimovic signed a new one-year deal with United over the summer and could be available around Christmas.

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