Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Marcos Rojo back in action for Manchester United vs Newcastle United
Nov 17, 2017 Sports 5620 By Sharon Ayomide
- Ibrahimovic, Pogba and Rojo back in action for Manchester United vs Newcastle United.
- All three players have returned to first team training, Rojo played 45 minutes for United's reserves.
- Mourinho expresses delight at having all three players back.
Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho has announced that his injured trio of Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are all in
contention to be in the starting 11 when United host Newcastle United at Old Trafford this weekend.
Pogba and Ibrahimovic have returned to full training, while Rojo played 45 minutes for the under-23s against Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday, and Mourinho revealed all three are in contention to feature against Newcastle at Old Trafford.
"All three selected for the match," Mourinho told a news conference on Friday. "Paul, you can clearly see Manchester 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.
"Zlatan, last season we played with him 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 and of course welcome back."
Mourinho however expressed delight at how quick it took Ibrahimovic to return to action reiterating that he was expected to return in 2017.
"Of course, incredible personality to fight such an important injury," Mourinho said on Friday. "We were all saying in 2017 he will be back, but one thing is Dec. 31, 2017, and another thing is mid-November. He was as an injured player the same super professional he is when he's fit.
"So fantastic work, same as Marcos, is 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."
Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in 46 games last season before his campaign was ended by injury. United signed Romelu Lukaku as a replacement, and Mourinho has suggested he could soon use the pair in tandem up front.
"Good players can play together. Is easy to play together," Mourinho said. "Zlatan 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 for his level, his fitness, his confidence, everything, his sharpness, but, by the clinical point of view, it is fantastic to be ready."