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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has warned Zlatan Ibrahimovic not to rush his comeback as he bids to make a return to action.

The veteran striker is on the road to recovery for the Red Devils after injuring his anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee during their Europa League quarter-final second leg win over Anderlecht last season.

That injury in April curtailed a prolific debut campaign with United which had yielded 28 goals and nine assists in 46 appearances.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been warned against rushing his recovery from a serious knee injury 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been warned against rushing his recovery from a serious knee injury 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been warned against rushing his recovery from a serious knee injury 

The Swede injured his right knee cruciate ligaments against Anderlecht last season

The Swede injured his right knee cruciate ligaments against Anderlecht last season

The Swede injured his right knee cruciate ligaments against Anderlecht last season

Ibrahimovic told Manchester United boss Mourinho 'I'm coming', on Instagram

Ibrahimovic told Manchester United boss Mourinho 'I'm coming', on Instagram

He certainly appears dedicated to his return from knee this season

He certainly appears dedicated to his return from knee this season

Ibrahimovic told Manchester United boss Mourinho ‘I’m coming’, on Instagram on Saturday

Tell Jose I’m coming

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Mourinho says that Ibrahimovic 'doesn't have to try to make crazy things to improve quicker'

Mourinho says that Ibrahimovic 'doesn't have to try to make crazy things to improve quicker'

Mourinho says that Ibrahimovic ‘doesn’t have to try to make crazy things to improve quicker’

Since that setback, the Swede has been working hard in the gym posting several videos via his Instagram account of his rigorous workouts.

And while Mourinho is pleased to see the 35-year-old edging closer to full-fitness he doesn’t want him to hasten his recovery and then possibly suffering another setback.

‘I think we need him,’ Mourinho said. ‘We wait for him, but with patience. He has to be patient.

‘He doesn’t have to be emotional and he doesn’t have to try to make crazy things to improve [recover] quicker in his mind.

‘Because I know that his desire is to improve quicker. So [Mourinho wants him to be] calm – [take things] step by step.

‘We want him, but we want him in his best condition.’ 

The 35-year-old scored 28 goals and nine assists in 46 appearances for United last season

The 35-year-old scored 28 goals and nine assists in 46 appearances for United last season

The 35-year-old scored 28 goals and nine assists in 46 appearances for United last season


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