Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be back from injury before the end of the year, according to Jose Mourinho.
The talismanic Swede wants to be back in action in early December and Manchester United boss Mourinho believes it is going to happen.
The Portuguese said: “Zlatan will be back. Zlatan is working here and under control, working as I would expect – so, so hard.
“He’s not going to be back next week or a couple of weeks. Let him take his time and be back when everybody feels is the right moment.
“Do I believe he’ll be back in 2017? Yes I do.”
Ibrahimovic has been working with club hero Andy Cole on his return.
The former Old Trafford striker said: “I had a chat with Zlatan when he was in the gym the other day.
“I think he is looking forward to coming back, most probably in December or January time.”
Ibrahimovic underwent knee surgery in April and has stunned club medical staff with his progress.
SunSport told you he is back in training with the first team.
Mourinho delivered a further update on Paul Pogba’s injury – and said Marcus Rashford is fit for tomorrow’s game at Huddersfield.
He said: “Every manager wants to have all the players available. Then it’s how you position yourself, the way you do it.
“For some it is to remember that the team is not full strength, that player ‘A’ or ‘B’ is missing.
“The way we try to do it is to speak about opportunities for others.
“It doesn’t mean I don’t miss the players, that I wouldn’t like them available, it’s just the way I try to do it.
“Nobody is back from injury but we go with what we have.
“Paul is not here. I don’t know when he comes back.”
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