In awful news for the club and the player, the Manchester Evening News believe that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. The club have confirmed that the Swede suffered ligament damage but did not put a timescale on his return, with rumours even circulating that it could be a career ending injury.
Ibrahimovic’s injury against Anderlecht is not thought to be that bad, but does look set to rule him out of action for the rest of the 2016/17 in a major blow as the Red Devils look to secure a top four finish in the Premier League to secure a Champions League place next season.
A long term replacement for the 35-year-old could be Everton‘s Romelu Lukaku. The Telegraph say that the Belgian would prefer a move to Chelsea but his club are keen to sell him to Manchester United after a row between the Toffees and Chelsea over the sale of John Stones last year.
The prolific striker is thought to be one of Jose Mourinho’s top transfer targets this summer as he looks to strengthen his front line, but it seems that he may have his work cut out trying to persuade Lukaku that he should choose a move to Manchester over a return to Stamford Bridge.
Another injury blow for United has been Marcos Rojo, who suffered a similar injury to Ibrahimovic, and the Scottish Daily Record state that he too will be unavailable for the rest of the season. Like with the Swedish centre-forward, the club have confirmed his injury but with no mention of how long he will be sidelined.
That gives real cause for concern for Jose Mourinho with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones also out injured, leaving only Daley Blind and Eric Bailly as fit first team central defenders.
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