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Mourinho rules out short-term Man United return for Ibrahimovic

Jose Mourinho has ruled out a short-term Manchester United return for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Credit: PA

Jose Mourinho has ruled out a short-term Manchester United return for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The 37-year-old swiftly established himself as a fans' favourite at Old Trafford after arriving on a free transfer from Paris St Germain in 2016.

But a serious knee injury towards the end of his first season derailed Ibrahimovic's United career, with the veteran plumping for a move to the Los Angeles Galaxy in March.

The striker has lit up Major League Soccer with his displays and there has been suggestions of a loan return to United this January - talk Mourinho has extinguished.

Asked if a United return was a possibility, Mourinho said: "No".

Asked if it was not an option he would consider, the Portuguese again replied: "No."

Ibrahimovic netted 29 goals for United across 53 appearances, including scoring in their Community Shield and EFL Cup triumphs.

The Swede also helped the club on their way to Europa League glory after joining on a free transfer in 2016.

Ibrahimovic has scored 22 goals and provided 10 assists in just 26 appearances for the Galaxy.

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Ibrahimovic gets off to flying start with LA Galaxy

Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his LA Galaxy debut in typically flamboyant fashion with a 35-yard equaliser and a stoppage-time winner Credit: PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his LA Galaxy debut in typically flamboyant fashion with a 35-yard equaliser and a stoppage-time winner in a stunning 4-3 win over Los Angeles FC.

The high-profile striker, fresh from Manchester United, announced his arrival in Major League Soccer by lashing home a bouncing ball from way out just six minutes after coming on as a substitute as the Galaxy fought back from 3-0 down.

And he then headed home at the death to crown a magnificent derby comeback.

He said after the game: "The fans were demanding something, and I gave them Zlatan."

LAFC had been in total control thanks to a first-half double from former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela and Daniel Steres' own goal just after the restart.

But Sebastian Lletget pulled one back in the 61st minute and, two minutes after the introduction of Ibrahimovic, Chris Pontius struck in the 73rd.

The 36-year-old Swede then took centre stage with his spectacular 77th-minute leveller, ripping his shirt off in celebration, before glancing home the winner.

"The adrenaline starts and you don't want it to finish," Ibrahimovic said.

"I have a lot of pressure coming here, from the media, from the fans, from the club, from the players but nothing compares to my own pressure."

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