Manchester United will host CSKA Moscow on Old Trafford on Tuesday evening in the 6th round of the group stage of the Champions League, and will not be part of the experienced Red Bull’s attackers Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
United was the first in group A with 12 points, but he did not mathematically secure the placement in the eighth finals of the Champions League. Remi vs. CSKA would be enough for the first place, and many are interested in how manager Jose Mourinho will set up his team against the Russian team, especially because he is waiting for the city derby with Manchester City on Sunday. Therefore, it would not be surprising that the Special One rotates the team, but it is certain that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be in the competition for the Champions League.
Mourinho confirmed today that Ibrahimovic was not called for the match, but he also pointed out that he was not injured, because speculation appeared to have problems with his knee after he did not play against Arsenal last weekend.
The popular Ibra is allegedly out of sight because it strengthens the knee that he operated because of the break-up of the front cross ligaments.
“Zlatan must work hard on a muscularity that supports the knee that was problematic,” he said. “When the time comes for hard work, there is a tiredness.” He is in this cycle of work, in the gym, and on the field, not competing for the team against CSKA, but I believe will return after that match, “Mourinho said.
After being surgery due to an injury sustained in April, it was believed that the Ibra would not return to the field until the new year, but he played against Newcastle on November 18