Jose hopeful Zlatan will return for the weekend

By: William Hall

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is hopeful Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to the scene in time for their clash with rivals Liverpool on Sunday. The big Swede missed United's 2-0 EFL Cup win over Hull City on Tuesday night through illness, after a lot of people expected him to start for the Red Devils.


Jose Mourinho is hopeful that Zlatan will be feeling better in time for the tie which sees long-term rivals Liverpool enter Old Trafford, so this should promise to be another thrilling match between these two great teams.


Zlatan has been the main man for Manchester United this season and is currently in unreal form. He has scored 13 goals for the team this season, with 12 of those coming since the start of November. He will be full of confidence, well, when is he not? But one thing is for sure; you wouldn't want to come up against him at the moment.


The former Sweden international has had a lot of time to rest after being an unused substitute in last weekend's 4-0 win over Reading, before having to miss the midweek match. If he is fit to play on Sunday, you would expect him being charged up and ready to go.


When United boss Jose was asked about Zlatan, he simply said: ‘Zlatan is ill so I think no problem, I think he will be fine (for the weekend)’.


There is no doubt that Manchester United would rather have him involved when they play Liverpool, but if they don’t, they still have so many players that can step up to the plate. Anthony Martial, Marcos Rashford and Wayne Rooney have all proven that they can lead the line, and they all could be called upon this weekend if Zlatan isn’t well enough to return.


However, I think all Manchester United fans will be holding their breaths this week and hoping that their big man at the top can return to action in time.

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Another player who missed the midweek visit of Hull was Marcos Rojo. The defender picked up an injury in their FA Cup third round tie with Reading last weekend which has made him a big doubt for this weekend.

When Jose was asked on the matter, he said: ‘Marcos has a muscular problem, not big. I’m not saying he’s not ready to play, I’m saying that I have my doubts.’

About William Hall

Will is a Saints fan and a football writer. He is also a good player.

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