Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has insisted that he will return better than ever when he makes his comeback later this season. The 35-year-old notched 28 goals during his debut campaign with the Red Devils before he sustained a serious knee injury in April.
As a result, the Swede was released at the expiry of his contract after United decided against a one-year extension on his £350,000-a-week wages. Ibrahimovic has since taken a hefty pay-cut of around £225,000-a-week in order to sign a fresh 12-month deal at Old Trafford.
In a wide-ranging interview with Inside United h/t ESPN, the striker admitted that he would make his comeback ‘today’ if it was up to him, he said: “I feel good. I have trained every day since I had my knee operated on, there is no vacation. When I come back to play football on the field I will be better than before, I am not coming back because I am the one I am, I am coming back to be a better version of the old one. I feel good and I feel my movements are there. If it was up to me I would like to play football today but it doesn’t work like that”
The former Paris Saint-Germain star secured winners’ medals in the League Cup and Europa League last term, and he predicts the club will secure the bigger prize this season due to Jose Mourinho’s knack of winning the league title in his second season, he added: “I think we can achieve great things. We have to remember the second year of Jose Mourinho is always the best one.”
In Ibrahimovic’s absence, Romelu Lukaku has cemented himself as the first-choice striker, and the veteran will most probably play second fiddle in the Premier League while earning valuable game time in the Cup competitions.