Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring in the English League Cup final in February.
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring in the English League Cup final in February. Kirsty Wigglesworth

He's back: Man Utd re-signs Zlatan Ibrahimovic

ZLATAN Ibrahimovic is back with Manchester United.

The 35-year-old Swedish striker has rejoined the Red Devils by signing a one-year deal after his 2016-17 campaign was cut short by a serious knee injury.

According to The Mirror, United offered Ibrahimovic a new deal now to avoid the forward accepting a mega-money offer from Europe or American Major League Soccer.

However, it seems Ibrahimovic isn't back at Old Trafford just for the money.

The Swede emphasised he's "back to finish what I started", and has reportedly taken a massive 50% pay cut to continue his Manchester United journey.

Ibrahimovic earned £367,000-a-week wages ($595,000) last season, but now he will make £180,000-a-week, according to The Sun.

However, the forward could earn more bonuses this campaign like last season.

Ibrahimovic's £19.11m earnings for last season were boosted by an additional £2.86m after scoring 28 goals.

The Sun reported that the Swede is targeting a return to action in October, and Ibrahimovic is excited to get back on the field.

After signing, he said: "I am back to finish what I started. It was always mine and the club's intention for me to stay.

 

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts after picking up an injury during the UEFA Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht in March.
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts after picking up an injury during the UEFA Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht in March. PETER POWELL

"I cannot wait to get back out on that Old Trafford pitch, but I also know that I have to take my time to make sure that I am ready.

"I have been working hard and will continue to do so to make sure I am in the best possible condition for my return to the pitch."

Ibrahimovic won the Community Shield, League Cup and Europa League with United, but Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes he's re-signed in his bid to win the Premier League.

"They kept Zlatan, but I think Zlatan takes it as a challenge that he has with himself. I think he wants to do more, and he still didn't win the league," said Henry, according to Sky.

"I know that he wants to win the Premier League, to make England another country that he conquered."

"I'm not surprised, because if I was there (at Man Utd) I would want to keep a guy like Zlatan in and around the dressing room.

"Having him around (Romelu) Lukaku, having him around Marcus Rashford (is beneficial). Rashford was talking about it last year, he knows how to get that dressing room together.

"I'm not surprised in a way because we are talking about Zlatan Ibrahimovic, one of the best that has done it in the game, for me."

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