Zlatan Ibrahimović re-signs for Manchester United, takes fifty percent pay cut

The Sweden international made a miraculous recovery in rehabilitation recuperating from his injury, and has signed on to a one-year deal with the Manchester club.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Manchester United have re-signed Zlatan Ibrahimović on a one-year contract, according to BBC.

The 35-year-old former Sweden striker made 46 appearances and scored 28 goals for United last season.

Ibrahimović was released by the club in June after his season was ended prematurely by a knee injury, and was expected to be fit again in December.

But with his remarkable progress at rehabilitation,Ibrahimović is targeting an early October comeback.

The Sweden international agreed to take a fifty percent pay cut to stay at Manchester United, as per the Sun.

He had scored 28 goals last season before a cruciate knee ligament injury against Anderlecht in the Europa League ended his season.

After signing, he said: "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 come back to finish what I started," he told ESPN.

"There is a big chance of me going to the MLS. There were some talks but I am not done yet with what I started, which is why I am going back to Man United."

Jose Mourinho had earlier indicated that his experience could be invaluable to the squad saying: "I have no doubt that he will be important in the second part of the season."

Boss Mourinho added: "We are delighted Zlatan is on the road to recovery and we are equally delighted to have his ambition and experience back with us.

On his continuing rehabilitation from knee injury, Ibrahimović added: "In the beginning when it happened, it was something new for me because it was a big injury, this is the first major injury and was a different situation because I've been playing 15-20 years.

"But I feel good. I am strong."

Ibrahimović said he also believes the United squad has been significantly strengthened by this summer's new arrivals, and said he expects big things from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to Goal.

"I think this season will be the season of Mkhitaryan," Ibrahimović said.

"We are stronger than we were last year. Lukaku has different qualities from me and [Marcus] Rashford.

"The signing of [Nemanja] Matic is big. He brings a stability to the team that the team didn't have last year."