Cape Town - Manchester
United may have Zlatan Ibrahimovic back in action sooner than expected,
after he was included in their UEFA Champions League squad.
The 35-year-old striker recently signed a new one-year contract with
the Red Devils after being released at the end of last season, but
remains sidelined with a knee injury that required surgery.
It was thought that Ibrahimovic would be out of contention until at
least the end of the year, but his inclusion in Jose Mourinho's 24-man
squad suggests he may be closer to full fitness.
The Swede made a big impact at Old Trafford last term, scoring 28
goals across all competitions, before a knee ligament injury cut his
campaign short in April.
United are set to face Basel, Benfica, and CSKA Moscow in the group
stages and will get their European adventure underway on September 12
against the RotBlau.
Meanwhile Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku said insists he is looking forward to having Zlatan Ibrahimovic back in the fray and doesn't fear for his position in the side.
has made a strong start to his career at the Red Devils, scoring three
goals in three Premier League games and doesn't believe Ibrahimovic, who
is due to return from injury towards the end of the year, will
negatively impact his position in the squad.
“I said to Zlatan I
hoped he would be back. We need his personality,” Lukaku said, according
to the club's official website. “He will bring many qualities to the
team, and help us in our goal of winning the title.
“I don’t fear
the competition as a striker, or Zlatan. Things are going really well
for me at United,” he added. “The pre-season was good and it helped
knowing a lot of the players before arriving.