Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Manchester United boss Mourinho refuses to rule out Ibrahimovic return

Manchester United boss Mourinho refuses to rule out Ibrahimovic return

The Big Swede, who top scored for Manchester United last season, is now recovering from a serious knee injury using the club's facilities at the Carrington training complex.

With United set to meet Madrid again in Santa Clara, Manchester City in Houston, and Barcelona in Washington DC where 81,000 watched the two clubs play in 2011, this tour is expected to draw some more big attendances.

Speculation over the past week has suggested that Manchester United could still offer the towering striker a new deal despite letting him go last month.

United have already given Ibrahimovic's No. 9 shirt to new £75 million signing Romelu Lukaku.

"It's possible, it's open". So he wants to challenge himself and keep playing still at the highest level. Of course, "Mourinho said, as quoted by the Mirror, when asked if United could re-sign Ibrahimovic".

The veteran Swede missed the end of last season due to a cruciate ligament injury and his United future had looked finished due to his age and contract situation.

Ibrahimovic has been linked with a move to Major League Soccer, Mourinho said the forward had indicated he wanted to continue to play at "the highest level". "Old Trafford, Carrington is open for him to recover and be one of us and, at the same time, let's make a decision that will make us all happy".

Whilst no final decision has been made, BBC Sport has been told Ibrahimovic, as a result of his star quality, and another former Manchester United player Javier Hernandez - owing to the huge Mexican population in Los Angeles - are flawless candidates. "Let's make a decision that makes us all happy and if that is for him to stay, and for us to wait, let's say in December - because I don't think before December he can get back to competitive football - but why not wait for a player who gave us so much?"

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