Manchester United are worried that Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘may never be the same player’ following his return from injury, according to The Sun.
Ibrahimovic defied initial diagnoses regarding the knee injury he suffered in April, making his return within seven months.
He was expected to be sidelined until January at the earliest, but has made five substitute appearances since November 18.
The Swede is yet to score upon his return however, and Neil Custis of The Sun reports that United are fearful he will never have the same impact as in his first season.
Custis writes that Ibrahimovic ‘has looked a shadow of the player who was United’s top scorer last season,’ and ‘made no impression’ when brought on in the late stages of the Manchester derby defeat.
His struggle to regain match fitness is also cited as an issue that has United ‘chiefs’ worried.
Considering Ibrahimovic has played 73 minutes this season, 28 minutes against Brighton being the most in any single match, and he wasn’t actually expected back for another two months at least, this is a bit harsh, no?