Jose Mourinho drops big hint about Man United deal for striker

The Manchester United manager appears to drop a big hint that Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have a future at Old Trafford

Former Man United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic Photo: Adidas

Jose Mourinho has dropped a hint that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could still have a future at Manchester United.

The Red Devils signed the 35-year-old on a free transfer from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

Ibrahimovic scored 28 times in all competitions to finish as the club’s leading goal-scorer despite being in the twilight of his career.

The former Sweden international suffered a serious knee injury in the Europa League semi-final to cut his season short in April.

Ibrahimovic was released at the end of his one-year contract earlier this summer but has been allowed to work on his rehabilitation at the club’s Carrington training ground.

Manchester United signed Romelu Lukaku in a £75m deal from Everton earlier this summer to see off competition from Premier League champions Chelsea for the striker’s signature.

However, Mourinho has appeared to hint at the possibility of Ibrahimovic returning to Manchester United once the striker is fully recovered from his serious knee problem.

“We spent big money on a striker because, with strikers, you either spend or you don’t get,” Mourinho is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

“And we spent because of what happened to Zlatan and we can not allow ourselves to be without an important, strong striker for the first six months of the season.”

Manchester United finished in sixth place in the Premier League table last season but still managed to win the EFL Cup and the Europa League.

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