Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will have to be gradually eased back into the team after recovering from a serious injury which has kept him out of the team since the tail end of last season.
Ibrahimovic, 36, is set to make his comeback from a serious knee injury when Mourinho’s men host Newcastle United in the Premier League Saturday and the Swede will have to settle for a bench role.
“As a start, I see him on the bench and it’s where I see him,” the Portuguese tactician said.
“It’s where he’s going to be [Saturday], on the bench.”
The arrival of Romelu Lukaku may reduce Ibrahimovic’s game time but Mourinho believes the pair could play together.
“This season we played so many times with two strikers,” he said.
“We played so many times, especially when we played three at the back and the wing backs, we brought the second man to the centre so we can do it.
“We are ready to do it and we prepared ourselves since pre-season.
“In pre-season we started doing three in the back already, so they can play together.”
Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in 46 games in all competitions for United last season before his injury, and he decided to re-sign for another campaign at Old Trafford.