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‘Giving up not an option’ says injured Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic injured

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered a season-ending cruciate knee-ligament injury but claimed his mind is far from any plans of retirement.

The 35-year-old veteran attacker sustained the ligament tear in a collision with a visiting player in their Europa League win against Anderlecht at Old Trafford.

“It’s no news I got injured so I will be out of football for a while,” said Ibrahimovic in an Instagram post.

“I will go through this like everything else and come back even stronger. So far I played with one leg so it shouldn’t be any problem.

“One thing is for sure, I decide when it’s time to stop and nothing else. Giving up is not an option. See you soon.”

The former Sweden international is United’s leading scorer with 28 goals, including 17 in the Premier League.

NO DEAL

Ibrahimovic moved to Old Trafford on a free transfer from Paris St. Germain and signed a 12-month contract that has not been extended.

With Ibra to spend the next six to 12 months rehabilitating his knee, most top teams including United might be averse to giving the Swede a contract.

MACHINE

Zlatan’s teammate Ander Herrera said he has no doubts that Ibrahimovic will overcome this setback and will once again play professional football.

“[Ibrahimovic] He is privileged physically,” said Herrera. His physique, his body, is one of the best I have ever seen, so I think it will be easier for him to get back than others.

“But of course he is 35, he will have to work very, very hard and be very patient, but I have no doubt he will be back because he loves football, he loves to win and he loves to score goals.”