Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer RULES OUT an Old Trafford return for striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic
- Ibrahimovic had hinted at an Old Trafford return when LA Galaxy contract ends
- But Solskjaer has quashed suggestion 37-year-old striker will return to United
- Swede scored 29 goals in 53 matches for United during his time with the club
- Solskjaer confirmed that defender Chris Smalling will join Roma on loan
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer quashed the prospect of Zlatan Ibrahimovic returning to Manchester United.
Ibrahimovic appeared to open the door to a switch back to Old Trafford when his LA Galaxy contract expires at the end of the year.
But Solskjaer does not expect the 37-year-old to ply his trade in the Premier League again.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has quashed any chance of Zlatan Ibrahimovic making a return to United
The 37-year-old Swedish striker remains in excellent form for LA Galaxy in the MLS
Ibrahimovic scored 29 goals in 53 matches for United during his time with the club
‘I don’t think that’ll happen,’ the United boss said. ‘He’s had his time at the club. He’s had a fantastic career.
‘If he was 28 and not 38 next month – there’s a big difference. He’s had a great time here and he’s still doing well.
‘It’s unfortunate he got his injury when he did here. He knows my number. He never rented my house but he was looking at it. If he’s serious I’ll always speak to Zlatan.’
Ibrahimovic is not re-joining United and Chris Smalling is on his way out. The central defender is flying to Italy to finalise a loan move to Roma on Friday.
Defender Chris Smalling is poised to sign for Italian giants Roma on a season-long loan
Solskjaer also said Matteo Darmian could leave Old Trafford before Monday’s transfer deadline
Smalling hasn’t featured in a matchday squad so far this season, with Axel Tuanzebe preferred to him on the bench.
‘It’s just come over the last couple of days, this opportunity,’ Solskjaer added. ‘We sat down yesterday and discussed it.
‘We’ve got six fit centre backs at the moment and I couldn’t promise him regular football. He’s on the plane over now and he’ll enjoy the experience there.
‘A big club and a big league. Not many Englishman have had the chance in Italy.
‘I can see maybe Matteo (Darmian leaving). There is interest over in Italy. Marcos (Rojo) is staying, definitely. We’ve a squad now that’s less in numbers that is still big and strong enough to have cover in all positions.’