Zlatan Ibrahimovich could re-sign for Manchester United and help them win the league, says boss Mourinho

The talismanic striker had been recuperating from a serious knee injury that is supposed to keep him out until the end of the year.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Reuters

Manchester United are in discussions to re-sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the second half of the season when he recovers from a serious knee injury, manager Jose Mourinho confirmed on Friday, according to the Telegraph.

Mourinho believes United can win the title, despite starting the season at a similar level to last summer – with the arrivals of Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof offset by injuries to Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young.

The Sweden international was United's top scorer last season, hitting 28 goals as they won the Europa League, the League Cup and the Community Shield.

United play West Ham at Old Trafford on Sunday and Mourinho has all his new signings available but is without last season's top scorer Ibrahimovic. The Swede suffered his injury in April and is out of contract.

He has trained with the club during his rehabilitation, though, and Mourinho has made clear he still believes the forward can do a job for him.

As reported by the Guardian, on the prospect of re-signing Ibrahimovic once the 35-year-old striker has recovered, Mourinho said: "We are having conversations and discussing the possibility of him staying for the second part of the season."

"Zlatan is injured and needs time to recover," Mourinho said.

"He is not ready to play tomorrow, so it is not something that's urgent. We are not desperate to have it (a deal) done or not.

"He wants more football at the highest level so we are having conversations and discussing the possibility of him staying for the second part of the season."

Mourinho has indicated that he wants a fourth signing before the transfer window shuts on August 31, as he needs a winger to bolster his squad.

"I don't think I am in a position to be moaning and crying. I'm happy with the effort the club did and I'm happy they managed to do 75 percent of the work before the Premier League starts."

He added: "If the remaining 25 per cent doesn't arrive by August 31, I will not moan. I will go with what I have to try to win everything.

"The other 25 percent (of the transfer targets) will be another player playing from the sides.

"But if we cannot strengthen the team in this area, we have players we can trust."