Febrero 21, 2018

Big cat is back: The return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic

24 Noviembre 2017, 10:39 | Gerardo Tarin

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Furthermore, Mourinho knew exactly where his side went wrong in the Alpine nation and that lay with their inability to profit from a plethora of first-half opportunities.

In the build-up to Manchester United's Champions League visit to Basel, the points for discussion were clear.

In attack Jesse Lingard - making his 100th appearance - and Anthony Martial flank Romelu Lukaku, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who made his eagerly anticipated comeback over the weekend, is on the bench, as is Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Rojo, meanwhile, was an unused substitute for the clash with the Magpies, but made his first start since April last night at Basel.

José Mourinho's men came roaring out of the international break with a dominating 4-1 victory over Newcastle, reminding everyone how ruthlessly effective this team can be when healthy.

And Ibra, who has taken to calling himself more lion than human, could be roaring at the final in Kiev next May.

The Manchester United striker has won the award on 10 consecutive occasions between 2007 and 2016 and also once more in 2005.

Once on the field, his every touch was cheered, with fans delighted to see their talisman from last season return.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in contention to make his first Manchester United start in seven months this Saturday after completing his comeback from a career-threatening knee injury.

The future might look bright on offense, but United's defense continues to be plagued by injury.

"Ibrahimovic and certainly Pogba are a massive boost for them to have back at this stage of the season".

Basel are without suspended midfielder Taulant Xhaka - brother of Granit - with Serey Die and Luca Zuffi once again paired in midfield. He hates to be out of the football pitch, so it's been a great week for us in terms of injured players coming back.

Ibrahimovic was United's star man at times last season scoring 28 goals in all competitions.

Pascal Gross has been directly involved in 62% of Brighton's 13 Premier League goals this season (three goals, five assists), the second highest ratio in the division after Tammy Abraham at Swansea (71%).

As always feel free to post your own MUFC starting XI and match score predictions in the comments section below.

The match at Old Trafford kicks off at 15:00GMT on Saturday, meaning it falls within the restrictions of the UK TV blackout.

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