Man Utd in talks about Zlatan Ibrahimovic return, confirms Jose Mourinho

Manchester City's Spanish midfielder David Silva celebrates scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne north east England

Manchester City's Spanish midfielder David Silva celebrates scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne north east England

However, he is without a club as he recovers from cruciate knee ligament damage sustained during the Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht in April. Mourinho says the club is not at the level of the best teams advancing deep into Champions League right now, but they will reach that level in just two years.

But it was always suggested that the 35-year-old would favour a second spell at United, where he could finish off his career on his own terms rather than have an injury force his hand. We have to deal with that and handle that.

Manchester City's unfamiliarity with Brighton and Hove Albion can help Chris Hughton's promoted side start their Premier League campaign with an upset win on Saturday, midfielder Solly March has said.

The Red Devils have spent big once again this summer bringing in Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic.

Lukaku scored a consolation goal as United lost 2-1 to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in the Macedonian capital Skopje on Tuesday and his team-mates have been impressed by what they have seen in pre-season.

"He was very clear, by showing what he did past year, that it was not enough for him", Mourinho told reporters on Friday. I'm looking forward to try to show that happiness and confidence on the pitch.

Mourinho is renowned for his ability to transform teams into Champions during his second season, and the way he has meticulously cherry picked his signings means that United finally look ready to be considered as such.

Talk of the Welshman's UK return has been one of the top stories this summer transfer window, but despite United fans calling the dream over already, fresh reports suggest Mourinho is far from done.

"You know, in my initial analysis coming from January and progressively through the other months, I was thinking about four players", the United boss said before facing the Hammers on Sunday.

"I am not a hard person to work with, and I understand the reality of the market".

"You know, in my initial analysis coming from January and progressively through the other months I was thinking about four players but I am not a hard person to work with - in spite of it looking different sometimes - and I understand the reality of the market, I understand the reality of the numbers", he noted.

"I think so." the Portuguese boss told BT Sport when asked about whether a move for Bale was dead.

He added: "If the remaining 25 per cent doesn't arrive by August 31, I will not moan".

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