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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back!

Manchester United have today announced that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back at the club on a one-year deal.

The Swedish striker has been given the number 10 shirt vacated by Wayne Rooney.

Ibrahimovic wore #9 last season which has since been taken up by Romelu Lukaku.  He was our top scorer in the Premier League with 17 goals and scored 28 in all competitions.

The 35-year-old joined us on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain last summer and led us to FA Community Shield and EFL Cup glory.  Unfortunately Ibra was injured in our Europa League quarter-final second leg win over Anderlecht in April and forced to miss the rest of the season, including the final.

His injury meant that his contract was not immediately renewed when it expired during the summer.  However, the player and the club have now agreed a deal that will see Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford until the end of the 2017-18 season.

Ibrahimovic is not expected to be back to full fitness until the New Year.  It’s interesting to see what his role will be between now and then – most likely to educate younger players in the squad.  For example, he could give useful advice to strikers Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford in terms of their positioning and movement.

The player is quoted on our official website as saying:

“I am back to finish what I started. It was always mine and the club’s intention for me to stay. I cannot wait to get back out on that Old Trafford pitch, but I also know that I have to take my time to make sure that I am ready. I have been working hard and will continue to do so to make sure I am in the best possible condition for my return to the pitch.”

With Rashford and Anthony Martial predominantly used on the wing by Jose Mourinho this will give us another option in attack in the New Year, particularly when the fixture list gets busy with the likes of the league, Champions League, FA Cup and EFL Cup clashing.

Mourinho said:

“We are delighted Zlatan is on the road to recovery and we are equally delighted to have his ambition and experience back with us. After his contribution last season he deserves our trust and we will be patient waiting for him to return. I have no doubt that he will be important in the second part of the season.”

This is exciting news for us, but let’s be honest, free agent Zlatan Ibrahomvic wasn’t going to join anyone else but us, right?