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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 17 November 2018

Jose Mourinho rules out Zlatan Ibrahimovic return to Manchester United

Swedish striker has done well in MLS, but United manager Mourinho dismisses talk of veteran returning on loan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, right, was brought to for play for Manchester United by manager Jose Mourinho. Reuters
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, right, was brought to for play for Manchester United by manager Jose Mourinho. Reuters

Jose Mourinho has ruled out a short-term Manchester United return for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The 37-year-old Swedish striker joined Los Angeles Galaxy in March after a spell at Old Trafford that started brightly but ended with injury problems.

Ibrahimovic has done well in Major League Soccer, but Mourinho dismissed talk of the veteran returning on loan.

Asked if a United return was a possibility, Mourinho said: "No."

Asked if it was not an option he would consider, the Portuguese again replied: "No."

Talk of a move came with Mourinho contending with a number of injury concerns at the moment.

Alexis Sanchez again looks set to miss out against Everton this weekend, while Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot and Marouane Fellaini could also be absent once more.

Jesse Lingard and Scott McTominay may return from injury, but Mourinho's anger at the treatment of his players on international duty was clear after he had to cope with a depleted squad for the Uefa Champions League loss to Juventus.

"All of them national team," the United manager said. "We play against Newcastle and we go to the national team period in a good situation and then after two weeks we lost Dalot in Portugal, we lost Fellaini in Belgium. We lost Alexis with Chile, we lost - who else? - McTominay with Scotland.

"And some of them, the national teams they were very professional with us and they send the players back and we could start the process early.

"But some of them, they weren't and they kept the players and we didn't even know the dimension and the nature of the injuries, so when the players arrived here two days before Chelsea, we have no idea what is going on."

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