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Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns: "Lions don't recover like humans"

The striker, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in April, came on as a substitute in Manchester United's Premier League win over Newcastle.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns: "Lions don't recover like humans"
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his comeback after a seven-month injury absence in Manchester United's Premier League victory over Newcastle United on Saturday.

Ibrahimovic back a month early in Premier League win

The Swedish striker, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a Europa League clash against Anderlecht in April, came on as a 77th-minute substitute for Anthony Martial at Old Trafford - returning a month earlier than originally expected.

Ibrahimovic came on to huge applause as United won 4-1 through goals by Martial, Chris Smalling, Paul Pogba (also back from injury) and Romelu Lukaku.

Ibrahimovic: "Lions don't recover like humans"

Speaking post-match, 'Ibra' told BT Sport: "I train hard, sacrificed a lot and it's my head that's playing - my knees just need to follow - so I'm not worried at all.

"Was I worried about returning? No. Lions don't recover like humans."

Zlatan re-signed with Manchester United in August 

Having scored 28 goals in 46 games for United in 2016/17, the 36-year-old was initially released by the Red Devils at the end of the season, before re-signing on a 12-month deal in August.


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