Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Manchester United return being discussed, confirms Jose Mourinho

United in talks with Ibrahimovic about striker staying

United, who were beaten in the UEFA Super Cup by Real Madrid on Tuesday, are playing with "a giant on the chest", according to Mourinho, who says they are lagging behind the continent's biggest clubs after four seasons of upheaval following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement. I had midfield players scoring goals, wingers scoring goals, central defenders good in the air scoring goals from set-pieces.

"You know he's injured, he needs time to recover, he's not ready to play tomorrow", Mourinho said.

Eyeing the Welsh winger for a long time, the United boss has chose to step up his efforts to make this deal happen.

Ahead of the game, Jose Mourinho has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he's given ManUtd.com a team news and injury update. He has been at City since age 6, and was selected on the bench for the Champions League game against Celtic in December.

Three of the last five Premier League games between these two clubs have ended in a draw, with one win apiece in this run.

"I want the team to be on a par with the club's history, which is something I've been lucky enough to feel at every club - there was the same kind of feeling at Inter [Milan] and at Real Madrid".

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But during Jose Mourinho's coaching career it has been a cast-iron recipe for success, having won a league title during his sophomore campaign at each club.

Matic followed Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku as part of the United manager's summer reinforcement drive, with the defensive midfielder arriving fresh from winning the title with Antonio Conte's Chelsea.

Mourinho led United to victory in the League Cup and Europa League last season, the latter yielding a place in the Champions League, but their football was drab and they finished a distant sixth in the league.

Also, Sunderland was the first team to be relegated after ending their 10-year stay in the Premier League after a 1-0 home defeat to AFC Bournemouth on April 29, 2017.

"I'm really happy to be with them and I'm going to fight with them all the way, so let's go on Sunday".

Chelsea are my pick to repeat for the Premier League title, although losing Matic to rivals Manchester United did not boost my confidence.

Mourinho is quoted by the Daily Star as having said that despite being a "giant" club, United can not depend on it's reputation alone to compete for major titles.

"I think that Pep obviously recognised - and it does help if you have money in the bank to go and get those players - but he went to get exactly the players that he needed".

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