Football legend due back in Premier League this year
The Premier League has produced and attracted a number of football legends during the 25 years since the English top flight was rebranded in 1992.
From the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer, David Beckham, Peter Schmeichel, Frank Lampard, Dennis Bergkamp, Jaap Stam and George Weah to name a few – the Premier League has earned its right as the widely named ‘greatest league in the world’.
Last summer, José Mourinho and Manchester United managed to attract another of the all-time greats as they brought Zlatan Ibrahimović to English shores for the first time after his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expired.
The former-Sweden international led the line up front for United, demoting Wayne Rooney to the bench and Marcus Rashford to the left wing as he top scored for the Red Devils in all competitions.
Unfortunately for Zlatan he suffered a season-ending injury in a UEFA Europa League game quarter-final game at the end of April. His one-year contract at Old Trafford was left to expire at the end of June as the 36-year-old was originally not due back until 2018.
However, United offered Zlatan Ibrahimović the opportunity to recuperate at their training facilities and after seeing great progress, offered him a contract until the end of the 2017-18 season in late August.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference today ahead of their trip to Huddersfield Town on Saturday, Manchester United manager José Mourinho is hopeful that his experienced striker will return to action in December.
Mourinho is quoted by MUTV as saying:
“Zlatan is here. He’s working here and under our control.
“He’s working as you would expect – so, so, so hard. But he’s not going to be back in the next week or the next couple of weeks. Let him take his time and be back when everybody feels is the right moment. Do I believe he’ll be back in 2017? Yes, I do. But it’s just a feeling.”
Not only is the talented striker great to have around youngsters like Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to help develop their games, he can be expected to rotate with our Belgian striker over busy periods such as Christmas and February when there are Champions League, Premier League and potential FA and EFL Cup matches on the fixture list.