The heralded Manchester United has officially included injured forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic on its UEFA Champions League roster. Ibrahimovic, who just signed a one-year deal to return to the historic English Premier League club, has been recovering from a knee injury that is expected to keep him out until at least the winter.
The 35-year-old played in 46 games during his first season with Manchester United last year en route to registering 28 goals. He then sustained the knee injury late in the season, which knocked him out for the remainder of the 2016-17 campaign. As a result, Manchester United actually released Ibrahimovic from his contract on June 30, but the Swedish footballer has been rehabbing the injury with amazing speed and appears to be in terrific shape.
Due to his rapid recovery, Manchester United decided to hand Ibrahimovic another contract, with which the star striker was thrilled.
“I am back to finish what I started,” said Ibrahimovic, according to the team’s official website. “It was always mine and the club’s intention for me to stay. I cannot wait to get back out on that Old Trafford pitch, but I also know that I have to take my time to make sure that I am ready. I have been working hard and will continue to do so to make sure I am in the best possible condition for my return to the pitch.”
Manchester United represents Ibrahimovic’s eighth professional team. Prior to arriving in England, Ibrahimovic had spent the previous four seasons playing for Paris Saint-Germain. He has also taken the pitch for the likes of both Barcelona and Juventus along the way.