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Ibrahimovic will not return to action for Manchester United until January

Ibrahimovic has been released by Manchester United

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not return to action for Manchester United until January, head coach Jose Mourinho has confirmed.

The Sweden striker signed a new one-year contract with United earlier his week but Mourinho was quick to say that he would not be part of their Champions League group-stage squad.

Ibrahimovic has been recovering from a serious knee injury that cut short a stellar 28-goal first season at Old Trafford and Mourinho says he is looking forward to unleashing him in the second half of the campaign.

“When the market is open and people are spending money we don’t. But we get a player who was fundamental for us last season. He comes to give us extra quality in the second half of the season.”