Zlatan Ibrahimovic aims to play Europa League 2nd leg against Manchester United

Manchester United ex-striker was set to return to Old Trafford this month after the two clubs were drawn together in the last 16 of the Europa League.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss AC Milan’s first leg against Manchester United through injury. The Swedish striker was set to return to Old Trafford for the first time since 2018 when the two sides meet in the last 16 of the Europa League.

However, it has now been confirmed that Ibrahimovic will miss a reunion at Old Trafford due to a muscular injury.

AC Milan are hoping Zlatan Ibrahimovic will recover from injury in time to play the second leg of their Europa League tie against Manchester United.

The Swede picked up a thigh injury during Milan’s 2-1 win over Roma at the weekend and has been ruled out of the next two league games against Udinese and Hellas Verona.

More worryingly for the Rossoneri is that he will miss the Europa League round of 16 trip to Old Trafford.

In what is easily the tie of the round, Stefano Pioli would have wanted the talismanic striker available to face his former club. The medical team now face a race against time to get the 39-year-old fit for the second leg at the Stadio San Siro.

Ibrahimovic went on record saying that his “biggest regret” was not joining United in his peak years, despite scoring 29 goals in 53 matches during his two-year stay in Manchester.

“I feel sorry for the fans – if they’d seen me younger, they’d have seen a different lion,” he told the club’s website after leaving for Major League Soccer.

“For the Premier League, it would have been dangerous, as I would have eaten them for breakfast; instead, I took them for lunch. But I came: they wanted me, I gave them me and I took over. Been there and done that.

“I would need more time to explain my feelings but let’s start with a big thanks to everybody – what they did was amazing and I hope they are as happy as I am.

“I gave as much as I could for as long as I could; when I got injured, I got support in a different way. They always stood behind me and my teammates. They are special: everywhere I see red, I think about United.

“It will remain in history and my career; when I look back at my time with United, I will do it with a smile. I wish them all the best in the future.”

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