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Worship at the church of Zlatan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s locker is being treated like a shrine by Man United players

The Swedish forward remains a much-loved member of the squad while out injured

The hierarchy at Man United is clear for all to see.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s locker at the club’s training ground has been left untouched since his horror injury as a mark of respect.

The 35-year-old has been ruled out for at least six months following knee surgery after tearing his ACL in March.

We wouldn’t be surprised if they still hung his shirt in the changing room before every game

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We wouldn’t be surprised if they still hung his shirt in the changing room before every game

Believe it or not lockers are in high demand at Carrington and a less high-profile member of the squad may have had their stuff cleared out while they were recuperating but not Zlatan.

A United insider said: “Ibrahimovic’s locker stays, and nobody would dare mess about with it anyway.

“He still has his stuff in Manchester and has promised the lads he will be back to visit them shortly.

“The locker is a gesture from the manager and the staff, he is a much-loved member of the squad here.

“You have to earn the right for a United locker and he has certainly done that this season.”

Ibrahimovic is a hugely popular member of the squad

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Ibrahimovic is a hugely popular member of the squad

United have already told the the enigmatic forward he is welcome to use their medical facilities as he battles back to fitness.

Ibrahimovic is out-of-contract in June and, with United targeting Antoine Griezmann, his future remains in doubt.

However his impressive form this season has made him a fan favourite and if he makes a full recovery, as expected, he could well grace Old Trafford for another season.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered a serious knee injury last month which has threatened any new Manchester United deal

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We should have known that a career threatening injury at 35 wouldn’t be enough to keep Zlatan down for long

Earlier this month Zlatan’s superagent Mino Raiola revealed that his client’s physical condition stunned doctors.

“His knee is so strong that the doctors said they had never seen anything like it,” he said.

“He has a knee that it is almost impossible for a football player with a 20-year career to have.”

Until he returns, his team-mates will simply have to worship at the freak of nature’s perfectly preserved locker.

The church of Zlatan retains its loyal following.