OLD TRAFFORD chiefs worry Zlatan Ibrahimovic might by no means be the identical participant following his horror knee KO.
Ibra has labored laborious to get again simply seven months after the career-threatening harm suffered within the Europa League quarter-final win over Anderlecht.
However the Swede, 36, has seemed a shadow of the participant who was United’s prime scorer final season with 28 objectives from 46 appearances.
The veteran striker returned to motion on November 18 as a sub within the Four-1 residence win over Newcastle.
He has made 5 appearances off the bench in all, totalling 73 minutes, with out discovering the web.
And he made no impression when he was despatched on to try to seize a degree in final Sunday’s 2-1 derby defeat to Metropolis.
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Ibra — an unused sub when United laboured to a 1-Zero win over Bournemouth two days in the past — has already defied medical consultants to get again thus far.
However recovering full match-fitness after such a nasty harm is proving one other factor and there are issues at Carrington, the place his full rehabilitation is monitored.
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Boss Jose Mourinho has already needed to take him out the squad for 2 video games since his return so he can return to the gymnasium to try to construct up the power across the knee.
However his issues, coupled with Romelu Lukaku’s insecurity in entrance of purpose, may see Mourinho dipping into the switch marketplace for a striker in January.
Lukaku headed the winner towards the Cherries — however the £75million hitman has two objectives within the final ten Prem video games and has not seemed the identical participant that began with 11 objectives in his first 9 United appearances.
In the meantime, Mourinho has been requested by the FA to make clear feedback made earlier than final weekend’s derby.
The Particular One recommended that Metropolis’s gamers had been divers and likewise questioned Pep Guardiola sporting a Catalan independence image.
Mourinho has till 6pm subsequent Monday to offer his response.