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Man United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic: The target is the Premier League

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has told Sky Sports he has returned to Manchester United to win the Premier League title.

The Swede is back at United's Carrington training base for the final stage of his recovery following a knee operation.

Ibrahimovic, who signed a new one-year deal at Old Trafford in August, is nearing a return. And despite lifting the Community Shield, League Cup and the Europa League last season, says he is back to win the Premier League.

"I said I have come back to finish what I started," the 36-year-old said. "Everything I built up in the first season, obviously we won the three trophies, the ending for me was not the ending I wanted, or nobody wanted, especially after how the season went.

"The target is the Premier League. That is my target to finish. Everything I started in the first season, we will finish in the second one."

Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in 46 games before his season was ended by a knee ligament injury suffered during the Europa League quarterfinal against Anderlecht in April.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic took up the option of a second year at Manchester United in the summer.

There was speculation the striker could call time on his career, but he says the doubters only provided more motivation to make a comeback.

He added: "In that moment when it happened, it was easier for me to say that I would come back because then I had a challenge.

"The challenge was that I never had a major injury, and all these people talking that 'it's over' or 'he's too old,' all these doubts that I had in my whole career.

"When that happens, it triggers me because it gives me energy and an objective. I'm challenging what I am able to do, how far I can take my body.

"In the last years, when you're thinking how many more years you are going to play, that is where you are hesitating. But the injury made it easy for me. I had one target, and that is to come back and play the game.

"I will walk out just as I came in, I will not walk out limping. I will walk out the way I want to walk out. Even if I have to walk on water I will do that also."

United boss Jose Mourinho said last week he thinks Ibrahimovic could be ready to return before the end of the year, but the striker said he did not want to rush his recovery.

"For me it's felt like a long time because it's my first major injury and I know what I have gone through in these months," Ibrahimovic told MUTV. "I know the work I have been putting in so, coming closer to the [comeback] game, I don't want to have that rush like I am by the goal line and I want to jump over the line.

"I don't want to make these five, six months look unimportant by rushing now, I take it day by day and when I'm ready I'll be ready.

"Let's see if it's before the New Year or not == I'm following my schedule and doing exactly what I'm able to do, and I'm very excited because I'm feeling like I'm getting closer and closer."

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.


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