Champions League: How we defeated Benfica - Mourinho reveals Manchester United's plan

Jose Mourinho said on Friday that he expects Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be ready to return to action from his career-threatening knee ligament injury before the end of the year.

Last season Mourinho accused Conte of being disrespectful as the Italian celebrated the third and fourth goals in Chelsea's 4-0 win over United. The 18-year-old, whose appearance made him the youngest goalkeeper ever to play in the Champions League, gifted Marcus Rashford the only goal of the game at the Estadio da Luz.

He has said he does not even know when the pair will be back although while Pogba remains in Florida for rehabilitation, veteran Ibrahimovic is now back with United's medical staff in Manchester and has posted social media pictures of his recovery.

"I knew how good the goalkeeper was, I told the players that".

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

Marcus Rashford drove an innocuous-looking long range free kick from the left touchline straight at the youngster, who caught the ball but back-pedalled with it beyond the goalline with his arms outstretched.

The wily Portuguese knows goals like Marcus Rashford's freak effort against 18-year old novice Mile Svilar, the youngest goalkeeper in Champions League history, will be hard to come by against stronger rivals. "Yes, I do. But it is just a feeling".


Phil Jones is also set for a recall after not being risked against Benfica but Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo remain unavailable while Luke Shaw hasn't been included in the squad.

After a good start, Huddersfield have not won a Premier League game for two months, but Mourinho insisted that his team will know what to expect from a newly promoted club.

"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".

"For some, it is better to remember and remember and remember that the team is not in its full strength". Marouane Fellaini has gone from not near the team to one of their most important players when he's fit and healthy. "Other managers, they cry, they cry, they cry when a player is injured".

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

"Nobody is back from injury but what we have is good".

  • Steve Townsend