Mino Raiola: Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic can play into his 40s

by Harry Robinson

Zlatan Ibrahimovic can play into his 40s, according to his agent Mino Raiola.

The Manchester United striker is recovering from a serious knee operation, having suffered a potentially career-ending ligament injury in April.

The Swedish striker, who scored 28 goals for Man United last season, is set to return to action in December or January.

Raiola, speaking to Expressen, said: “I think God sent Zlatan to me.

“He has so much in him. I think minimum another five or six years. I won’t let him stop. He has to work for me now. I have been working for him for several years. Now it’s my turn. My children are grown up and I need money.”

United manager Jose Mourinho recently backed Ibrahimovic to return before the end of the calendar year.

The 36-year-old’s injury record throughout his career is nothing short of remarkable. He has very rarely suffered serious injuries, the ligament damage sustained against Anderlecht in United’s UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg in April, has ruled him out for 240 days so far. In the last decade, the longest spell the Swede had previously had on the touchline was 45 days with a heel injury while at Paris Saint-Germain.

His fitness, as shown last season where he played two times a week on many occasions, is incredible for someone of his age.

United will welcome him back after a season last year of some frustration, but ultimate glory led by Ibrahimovic’s wonderful goalscoring record.

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