Jose Mourinho declares Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba fit for Newcastle clash
Ibrahimovic, Pogba and Rojo fit to face Newcastle, Mourinho confirms.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Marcos Rojo will make a sensational return to the United squad for Saturday’s Premier League game against Newcastle at Old Trafford.
Ibrahimovic, 36, has not played this season after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury in his right knee against Anderlecht in April.
‘‘Welcome back, of course,’ said Mourinho. ‘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 as an injured player the same super pro he is when he’s fit. So fantastic work.
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‘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 for his level, his fitness, his confidence, everything. His sharpness, but from the clinical point of view it’s fantastic to be ready.’
Pogba, meanwhile, has not played since injuring a hamstring against Basel in September.
Defender Marcos Rojo is also available after recovering from a cruciate ligament injury he suffered in his left knee against Anderlecht and manager Jose Mourinho said “all three will be selected”.
‘‘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.’’