Jose Mourinho has left Zlatan Ibrahimovic out of the 25-man pre-season squad that flies to China on Tuesday afternoon.
The squad, which was announced early on Tuesday, will play games against Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City whilst in China.
Ibrahimovic arrived at Old Trafford to rapturous acclaim and has already endeared supporters by breaking power records in his medical and proclaiming himself as ‘God’ of Manchester.
However, the 34-year-old, who is still on holiday after his exploits with Sweden at Euro 2016, will play no part in the tour as Mourinho looks to keep him fresh for the start of the season.
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Mourinho’s decision to leave Zlatan out of Man United’s pre-season tour may upset some supporters, who are understandably eager to see the big Swede in a red shirt. However, leaving him behind is indicative of the 53-year-old’s desire to keep him fresh and powerful ahead of the new season, such is Ibrahimovic’s boundless importance to Mourinho’s plans at Old Trafford.
The physical nature of the Premier League could prove to be a challenge – even for Zlatan, the God of Manchester. Keeping the 34-year-old in prime condition is wise, and it means that the Swede will be raring to unleash himself on the Premier League.