Jose Mourinho provides fitness update on key Man United duo

The Manchester United manager provides an update on when Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba will return to the Premier League action

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho has admitted that Paul Pogba isn’t close to a return to injury, but has confirmed Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on course to return for Manchester United before the end of 2017.

The former Sweden international signed a new one-year contract with the Red Devils back in August after Manchester United initially released the veteran striker following the 2016-17 season.

Ibrahimovic scored 28 times in all competitions to help Manchester United to win the League Cup and the Europa League as the Red Devils finished in sixth place in the table.

The Manchester United striker’s season was cut short in April when he suffered a serious knee injury to rule him out of the start of the Premier League campaign.

Pogba, meanwhile, suffered a hamstring problem during Manchester United’s 3-0 win against Basel in the Champions League last month to leave the French midfielder sidelined.

The 25-year-old scored two goals and made two assists in their opening four Premier League games this term.

While Mourinho confirmed Ibrahimovic is on course to return to first-team action before the end of 2017, the Manchester United couldn’t shed any light on Pogba’s return.

“Paul is not here, I don’t know when he comes back. I don’t know when he’s available,” Mourinho told his pre-match media conference.

“Zlatan is here, he’s working here and under our control. He’s working as you would expect so, so, so hard. But he’s not to be back in the next week or next couple of weeks. Do I believe he’ll be back in 2017? Yes, I do. But it’s just a feeling.”

Manchester United finished in sixth place in the Premier League last term, while the Red Devils won the EFL Cup and the Europa League.

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