Ibrahimovic might play for United again: Mourinho

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Jose Mourinho has hinted Manchester United could re-sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he recovers from the major knee surgery he underwent at the end of last season.

It is understood they have not changed their view of the player, who scored 28 goals in his debut season for United before rupturing his cruciate knee ligaments against Anderlecht in April.

Mourinho admits the door is still open for him to come back to United on a short-term deal and that he could be fit again in December.

Earlier this week the team replaced its leading scoring by signing Everton striker Romelu Lukaku to a five-year deal, then completed the transaction by giving him Ibrahimovic's No. 9 jersey.

The striker is also being linked with a move to LA Galaxy, United's first opponents on their tour of the U.S. at the StubHub Center in the early hours of Sunday morning, after promising a major announcement.

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It was thought that Ibrahimovic would not be ready to return to action until next January, but he is reportedly ahead of schedule.

'It's possible, ' said the United boss as he faced the media for the first time in LA. He didn't want to hide behind such an incredible injury. He did not want that.

The Galaxy quickly swooped in, offering Ibrahimovic a contract reported to be worth approximately $7.7 million a year, which would make him the highest-paid player in MLS history. But others close to the team said privately that Manchester United has moved on, believing that re-signing Ibrahimovic would be huge risk given his age, the recent injury and the fact his play declined in the second half of last season. For him the decision was to leave so there was not a new contract, there was a space of time for everybody to think, feel and decide.

BBC Sport has been told Ibrahimovic, as a result of his star quality, and another former Manchester United player, Javier Hernandez - owing to the huge Mexican population in Los Angeles - are considered flawless candidates to be a symbolic signing for Los Angeles FC. "The important thing is the final decision being the best one for the club".

"Obviously we open our door for him to recover with us, obviously Old Trafford, Carrington is open for him to recover with our people and to be one of us".

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