Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Solskjaer responds to Ibrahimovic speculation

Friday 30 August 2019 11:19

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted it is unlikely that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to the Manchester United this season.

The former Red fuelled has speculation about a possible return to Old Trafford when his LA Galaxy contract expires in November, by discussing the prospect earlier this week.

"I could play easy in the Premier League, so if United needs me, I'm here,” Zlatan claimed on Wednesday, as per BBC Sport.

"I did my job in Europe. I enjoyed it, I have 33 trophies that I brought with me here and hopefully I can get something here. And then we will see where that adventure finishes,” he added.

The Swede enjoyed a successful spell with United between 2016 and 2018.

Ibra netted 28 goals in 46 appearances during his first season at the club, which played a huge part in the Reds winning the FA Community Shield, Carabao Cup and UEFA Europa League.

While an unfortunate knee injury curtailed his United career, Zlatan remains a popular figure with supporters.

Interestingly, Ole was asked about the striker’s comments during his weekly press conference on Friday.

“If he was 28, not 38 next month it would be a big difference,” the boss told the assembled media. 

“But Zlatan has had a great time here and, of course, he is still doing well and was unfortunate he got his injury here when he did. 

“So, who knows? He knows my number. He never rented my house but he was looking at it, and we can speak our native language. If he’s serious I’ll always speak to Zlatan.”
Zlatan scored a brace against this weekend's opponents, Southampton, in the 2017 Carabao Cup final.
But, when pressed further on the possibility of the former Juventus, AC Milan and Barcelona man retuning to United, Ole admitted it is unlikely.

“No, I don’t think that will happen,” said the boss. “I think he’s had his time at the club and he’s had a fantastic career and I wouldn’t expect him to be serious either when he says that.”

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