Jose Mourinho says Zlatan Ibrahimovic could make Manchester United return next season

Ross Houston
July 15, 2017

Reports from the Sun claim the dominating presence of 35-year-old Ibrahimovic, who astounded pundits and fans with 28 goals in 51 matches last season, could re-sign with the Red Devils to add more firepower to the front line next year, given their commitments in the Champions League and domestically.

Mourinho says United "want" Ibrahimovic, but it is down to the player to make a decision on his future.

United last week replaced Ibrahimovic with the £75million signing of striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton, who will take on his No 9 shirt at Old Trafford.

The striker is also being linked with a move to LA Galaxy, United's first opponents on their tour of the USA at the StubHub Center in the early hours of Sunday morning, after promising a major announcement. Mourinho replied when asked whether the door was opn for a return for Ibrahimovic.

Mourinho said: "It's open, of course".

His agent Mino Raiola has previously said the former Sweden forward will stay in Europe while in March LA Galaxy told Ibrahimovic they were willing to make him the highest-paid player in MLS history.

"There was no new contract", said Mourinho.

'There was a space and time for everyone to think, to feel, to decide and, from his point of view, he made the decision to still want to play football at the highest level. [He] didn't want to hide behind such an fantastic injury.

"It would be easy to hide behind it and stop and go to a different level of football". He did not want that.

"So we open our door for him to recover with us, at Old Trafford, at Carrington".

LA Galaxy head coach Curt Onalfo refused to dismiss links with former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the free agent promised to make a "huge" announcement regarding his future. We wanted to be honest and open ... in case his desire was to leave.

"He was not happy with the way he finished the season".

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