Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has 'no time to rest' in knee rehab

The United manager believes Ibrahimovic still has unfinished business in the Premier League despite the serious knee injury that cut short his first season in England.

Mourinho says he is in talks with the 35-year-old although his arrival for a second spell at the club is not his highest priority.

United have since delivered on three of his requests, bringing in Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic, but leaving Mourinho still in need of a wide player.

"It's not something urgent, that we are desperate to have it done or not done".

Mourinho's side begin their Premier League campaign at home to West Ham on Sunday having enjoyed a strong pre-season, winning six out of seven friendlies before losing to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday.

"We are in a position to do quality work better than we did in the first season, so I am convinced that our second season, in terms of the quality of our team, is going to be better". Predicting even a general outcome of a full-blooded, ever-changing, quickly inflating, probably-more-corrupt-than-we-think-but-still-the-best-show-on-earth 38-game marathon is an impossible task.

Mourinho still speaks of free agent Ibrahimovic as part of the group, saying he is injured for the start of the season along with other "important players" like Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo.

Mourinho has indicated that he wants a fourth signing before the transfer window shuts on August 31, as he needs a winger to bolster his squad.

"I am not a hard person to work with, and I understand the reality of the market".

"I will just go with everything I have to try to win every match we play".

"I think everybody is in Europe".

"But we have players and if we cannot strengthen the team in these areas, we have people that we can trust and we go for it".

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