Jamie Carragher spotted what Zlatan Ibrahimovic said to Romelu Lukaku v Newcastle

Jamie Carragher spotted what Zlatan Ibrahimovic said to Romelu Lukaku v Newcastle

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic hints that his injury was more serious than people realise despite making his return more than a month ahead of schedule.

-In an interview with ESPN FC, Juan Mata articulated what a "big boost" it is to have both Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimvoic back.

The duo made their highly anticipated comebacks in the 4-1 win against Newcastle last Saturday as Ibrahimovic returned after seven months out with a knee injury while Pogba was absent for 12 games due to a hamstring problem.

The enigmatic Swede has, however, been brought back into the fold after recovering from a serious knee injury and 1999 treble victor Cole - who operated alongside the likes of Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during his time with United - believes added competition will prove to be a help rather than a hindrance.

'I think at United right now we have a fantastic squad, ' the Spaniard added.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Ibrahimovic and Pogba share a close friendship

The Swede was welcomed by the Old Trafford faithful with a loud cheer as he stepped onto the field, and the veteran striker almost made their money's worth when he nearly pulled off a trademark Zlatan goal, as he attempted a scissor kick late in the game. I wanted to give something to help the team as best as possible.

Despite his injury, Zlatan looked very good on his return and will want to command regular first team football. "You always have to play good and win, and, at the end of the season, lift trophies".

He told Sky Sports: "I don't think they can play together as a front two. We believe we can do it". I am not anxious at all because I know what I do. The contract is all paperwork and I do the physical work.

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Asked about next term, the 36 year-old stated: "Right now, I'm just grateful to be able to play football again".

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