Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic de­liv­ers an up­date on his re­turn from in­jury

Sunday Observer - - SPORT -

LON­DON - Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic ex­pects Manch­ester United to achieve great things this sea­son - and to re­turn from in­jury bet­ter than ever. Writ­ten off by many upon switch­ing Paris St Ger­main for Old Traf­ford last sum­mer, the vet­eran striker si­lenced the doubters by net­ting 28 goals in his maiden cam­paign in English foot­ball.

Ibrahi­movic scored in both the EFL Cup and Com­mu­nity Shield suc­cesses at Wem­b­ley, as well as play­ing a key role in United’s tri­umphant Europa League cam­paign - the com­pe­ti­tion in which he sus­tained a se­ri­ous knee in­jury.

Five months on and the striker is mak­ing im­pres­sive progress in his re­cov­ery from knee lig­a­ment dam­age and, hav­ing ini­tially been re­leased in the sum­mer, has been re­warded with a con­tract un­til the end of the sea­son.

It is a cam­paign Ibrahi­movic clearly be­lieves can end in glory.

United are back in the Cham­pi­ons League and en­tered the week­end top of the Premier League, with the 35-year-old well aware of the fact Jose Mour­inho has won the ti­tle in his sec­ond sea­son dur­ing all five reigns of ma­jor clubs.

“I think we can achieve great things,” said Ibrahi­movic, whose team-mates host Ever­ton to­day. “We have to re­mem­ber the sec­ond year of Jose Mour­inho is al­ways the best one. “This year will be very ex­cit­ing and with these new play­ers the team is stronger, and I ex­pect us to do great things. “I’m just wait­ing for the mo­ment to get back to the team and to play with them and en­joy the mo­ments.”

A re­turn be­fore Christ­mas is on the cards for the for­mer Swe­den striker, who could re­port­edly even be back as early as Novem­ber.

Ibrahi­movic has down­played his knee lig­a­ment in­jury as a “lit­tle break for a small in­jury”, al­though pa­tience and pos­i­tiv­ity have been key dur­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

“I feel good,” Ibrahi­movic said in a widerang­ing in­ter­view with In­side United.

“I have trained every day since I had my knee op­er­ated on, there is no va­ca­tion.

“It’s a new chal­lenge but I am strong men­tally and when I fo­cus on an ob­jec­tive noth­ing can stop me. “I will go through ev­ery­thing, it doesn’t mat­ter what’s in my way, I will break ev­ery­thing to reach my goal.

“When I come back to play foot­ball on the field I will be bet­ter than be­fore, I am not com­ing back be­cause I am the one I am, I am com­ing back to be a bet­ter ver­sion of the old one. Imag­ine how that will be!

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