Jose Mourinho has revealed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will have his role on the bench as Manchester United and Newcastle clash on Saturday evening.
He said the striker will be gradually return to the team after recovering from a serious injury which has kept him out of game since the end of last season.
Mourinho announced the return of the 36-year-old during his press conference ahead of today’s encounter against Benitez’s men.
On the role of the former Sweden international Mourinho said, “As a start, I see him on the bench and it’s where I see him,” the Portuguese tactician said.
“It’s where he’s going to be [Saturday], on the bench.”
The arrival of Romelu Lukaku may reduce Ibrahimovic’s game time but Mourinho believes the pair could play together.
“This season we played so many times with two strikers,” he said.
“We played so many times, especially when we played three at the back and the wing backs, we brought the second man to the centre so we can do it.
“We are ready to do it and we prepared ourselves since pre-season.
“In pre-season we started doing three in the back already, so they can play together.”
Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in 46 games in all competitions for United last season.