Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Zlatan's on Bench as He Makes Return

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Zlatan's on Bench as He Makes Return

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JOSE Mourinho has confirmed Zlatan Ibrahimovic will start on the bench for United against Newcastle today.

Ibrahimovic, 36, is fit again after recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in the Europa League quarter-final victory over Anderlecht seven months ago and will return to the matchday squad.

The Swede's return coincides with Marcos Rojo's recovery from the same injury suffered in the same match, as well as Paul Pogba's. Pogba has missed the last 12 games with a hamstring injury but is also match-fit again.

Mourinho yesterday did not confirm if Pogba would start against Newcastle but suggested Romelu Lukaku would keep his place ahead of the returning Ibrahimovic.

"As a starter, I see him on the bench," Mourinho said. "It's where I see him, it is where he will be tomorrow, on the bench. …

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