Jose Mourinho has provided some much-needed relief to the supporters by establishing the availability of three key cogs in the squad for the widely anticipated clash against Newcastle United at Old Trafford this weekend.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is purportedly set to feature in the fixture after suffering an unfortunate injury which kept him out for seven months. The Swede had ruptured the cruciate ligament in his right knee in the game against Anderlecht in April.
However, the 36-year-old is just a sniffing distance away from savouring the first taste of the current season, despite the initial analysis claiming a return prior to December was massively sceptical, as the United gaffer has ostensibly verified the robust striker’s return.
The Portuguese tactician proclaimed: “Welcome back, of course, incredible personality to fight such an important injury. We were all saying he will be back in 2017, but it’s one thing saying December 31 and another thing is mid-November. He was an injured player the same super pro he is when he’s fit. So fantastic work.
“Last season we played with Zlatan every minute almost until he was injured. This season we learn how to play without him, but he’s a very important player for us. He has made a full recovery.
“Now you cannot expect him to play 90 minutes or consecutive matches like he did all his career. Now he needs time to be back to his level, his fitness, his confidence, everything. His sharpness, but from the clinical point of view it’s fantastic to be ready.”
Another key figure who’s inclined to register his return is Paul Pogba. The Frenchman suffered a hamstring issue in September amidst the game against Basel, which saw him sidelined long enough to miss 12 games. Nonetheless, the versatile midfielder will also be available for the Newcastle fixture.
Marcos Rojo had also picked up a horrible injury in the match against Anderlecht, alike the Swede. The Argentine had suffered a cruciate ligament injury in his left knee. However, he managed to make his first appearance in a while, although for United’s Under-23s, on Wednesday night.
“All three selected for the match,” added the influential manager. “Marcos was an important injury too, a big surgery. He played with the young boys on Wednesday and is fine, is confident, is also ready.
“Paul is obviously not the same dimension, was not a surgical situation but was also bad and all three are back. You can clearly see Man United this season before Paul’s injury and after Paul’s injury.
“There are qualities in our football that influence our approach in matches, with Pogba and without Pogba, that’s as simple as that.”
With the unexpected return of a few principal personages, it would indubitably be worthwhile to discern how the Old Trafford outfit goes up against Rafael Benítez’s side, as the nail-biting fixture is set to kick off this Saturday.
Written by Hritwik NE
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