Man Utd boss Mourinho concedes major Ibrahimovic setback

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that crocked striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is unlikely to return to action until next month.

The 36-year-old former Sweden global suffered a horrific knee injury back in April 2017 in Manchester United's Europa League campaign and despite making an early comeback, he is yet to reach full fitness.

Since signing a one-year contract extension with United earlier this season, Ibrahimovic has managed just one goal in seven appearances.

But the United boss is willing to change his original plans not to sign in January if the right player becomes available and he could swoop for City target Alexis Sanchez in a £35 million deal.

"Zlatan is injured, or is not totally happy with his condition", said Mourinho.

"If there is on the table a fantastic opportunity, you fight for that fantastic opportunity", he said. He was starting having minutes here and there, he had a start, he had 60 minutes of one game and started another one, and had 45 [minutes], and he was not happy with his feelings. Then it's up to us to make the decision: yes or no.

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Furthermore, as far as the participation of Antonio Valencia and Michael Carrick is concerned, the club hasn't given a pin-point affirmation, but the duo was present in club's warm-weather training.

Valencia hasn't featured since suffering a hamstring injury against West Brom nearly a month ago but the Ecuadorian global could be back in the squad on Monday night. Also, the sure absentee will be center-back Eric Bailly.

'He is our player and a very good player. The facilities were unbelievable.

Asked whether United should always be challenging in the market for the world's best players, Mourinho added: "It depends".

Erik Pieters and Bruno Martins Indi both missed the FA Cup defeat at Coventry, due to hamstring and groin problems respectively, but they are expected to feature on Monday after returning to training this week. If we do something now, we don't do it in the summer again.

'I think a club like Manchester United is always striving for the best, ' Smalling told United's official club website.

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