‘I still want to play’, 36-year-old star is hopeful of playing for Manchester United

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has highlighted his ambition to prolong his playing career next season, though he is unsure whether he would remain at Old Trafford.

The big Swede returned to first-team action for the Red Devils during the month of November after recovering from a serious knee injury sustained during the Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht last term.

On his comeback, the 36-year-old never looked completely fit on the playing field, and he has not featured for the Red Devils since his 45-minute appearance against Burnley in a 2-2 league draw on Boxing Day.

Since then, Ibrahimovic has returned to first-team training alongside his teammates, but there is no suggestion that he may return to the matchday squad anytime soon with Mourinho citing the veteran is not ready.

Speaking at a Samsung event, the veteran admitted that his desire to continue his professional career for the 2018/19 season, though it may not necessarily be with the Red Devils.

“Speculation has been there all my life. It’s about focusing on the right things and doing the right things. I still want to play. It’s nothing I can decide now [United future], but the idea is to keep playing,” he said.

Despite Ibrahimovic’s absence, United have gone through a good season with summer signing Lukaku contributing an admirable tally of 24 goals across all competitions.

The Belgium international has improved with his hold-up play as the season has gone along, and he is now the undisputed first-choice up front under Jose Mourinho.

Ibrahimovic has always been a winner during his two-decade long career, and he would surely want to contribute towards the tail-end of the campaign in some form before pursuing a final challenge, possibly in the MLS.


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