The club have been chasing the signature of their former academy graduate for some time but negotiations with Juventus over a potentially record-breaking deal are taking their time.
However, Ibrahimovic, who moved to Old Trafford on a free transfer this summer after leaving Paris Saint-Germain, is already looking forward to the arrival of the France international.
“We have something big going on,” he told the Swedish television station Kanal 5 after United’s 5-2 friendly win against the Turkish side Galatasaray in Gothenburg, in which Ibrahimovic scored in his home country on his first appearance for the club.
“It looks very interesting. Let’s see if Pogba will also [come], then it will be even more interesting.”
Ibrahimovic, 34, joined the first team only recently following his arrival this month after being given extra time off after Euro 2016, where Sweden were eliminated in the first round. The striker – who retired from international football after the European Championship in France – took only 195 seconds to score his first goal in a Manchester United shirt. Wayne Rooney scored twice in the second half but it was his Swedish team-mate, back in his homeland, who stole the headlines.
Ibrahimovic, like Rooney, David de Gea, Morgan Schneiderlin and Anthony Martial, was making his first appearance of pre-season and was on target inside four minutes in typical style. Antonio Valencia’s cross was met with an acrobatic overhead kick that bounced up off the turf to beat the Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera high to his left.
Sinan Gumus and Bruma scored before half-time to put the Turkish side in front but, after Ibrahimovic went off at the break, Rooney struck twice, once from the penalty spot. Marouane Fellaini headed a fourth before Juan Mata turned in Michael Carrick’s cross 16 minutes from time to complete the scoring.
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Adnan Januzaj were not included in the travelling party to Sweden and are set to be the first casualties of José Mourinho’s clear-out.
Of the players who did travel, Mourinho gave most of them a chance to impress, with the Portuguese making 11 changes in the second half against Galatasaray. Asked if the players who came on showed they want to be in his plans, Mourinho told MUTV: “If they were not in my plans I would not give them one single minute, I would not keep them in my squad.
“The squad is very competitive, the squad is very important for the season. We have 38 matches in the Premier League, we have the possibility of 15 matches in the Europa League, plus domestic cups, we are going to play 60 matches. So with 60 matches we cannot do it with 11 players. So to be in the squad you have to understand that the squad is more important than the individual, the club is more important than all of us, and to be in the squad you have to be ready for this, to play, not to play, play a lot, play less, play 90 minutes, play one minute, not be selected, everything is part of a squad life.”
Mourinho admits his players are behind schedule in their preparations after their friendly against Manchester City in Beijing was called off because of an unfit pitch. “We lost a week in China and some of the boys that played today had trained two days,” he said. “There’s not a lot of time to work, to change, to make a couple of new ideas and new principles of play, everything is step by step and the reality is we don’t have this time. We have a game against Leicester next week and we have the Premier League in a couple of weeks. We need time and we don’t have time, the only solution is to train hard and train hard against opposition like today.”
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