Zlatan Ibrahimovic could make Man United return this year, says Jose Mourinho

Mourinho went on suggest he "did not know" when Paul Pogba would return from his hamstring injury, while Marcus Rashford is fit to play against Huddersfield on Saturday after an injury scare in Wednesday night's Champions League game against Benfica.

With the likes of Paul Pogba ruled out till well into the next year and Fellaini expected to make a return somewhere around December, they are still pretty taut in players to choose from.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been tipped to return for Manchester United as early as December by former striker Andy Cole.

The injury saw Ibrahimovic released at the end of his one-year deal, only for the veteran's impressive rehabilitation to see United hand him a new contract in August.

To suffer such a serious ligament injury as Ibrahimovic did. and return before the year is out, having only suffered the blow in April in United's UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg against Belgian side Anderlecht, is remarkable, particularly so for a 36-year-old striker.

And he speaking to MUTV, he says United fans can expect a Christmas present in the form of a 6ft 5 inch forward.

"Zlatan is here, he's working here, he's under our control".

"Everybody knows every manager wants to have all the players available it's just then a question of the way you position yourself in relation to that, the best way you think is to do it". It is better to remember that player A or B is missing, and player C or D is so important for the team.

"The way we try to do it is always to speak about opportunities for others".

I think he will definitely bring something to the football team, as we already know.

"He needs to take his time and come back in the right moment". Yes, I do. But it's just a feeling.

"He did it (recovery) very well, I talked to Zlatan while at the gym a while ago, I think he hopes to get back in December or January", Cole told FourFourTwo. "And yes in answer to your question, nobody is back from injury but what we have is good".