Confirmed: The Manchester United squad for this season's Champions League campaign

Confirmed: The Manchester United squad for this season's Champions League campaign

Confirmed: The Manchester United squad for this season's Champions League campaign

Louis Saha has backed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to give Manchester United a crucial lift when he returns from injury during the festive period.

The former Sweden global initially earmarked a return to action in January, but his inclusion in Jose Mourinho's Champions League squad indicates that the striker could be available earlier than planned.

However, despite reports of the contrary during the window, Ibrahimovic re-signed for the Red Devils a matter of weeks later after successful rehab on his ankle injury which ruled him out of the back-end of last season.

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The Belgium worldwide has already scored four goals in four appearances for the 20-time English champions, which includes three goals in the Premier League.

The 24-year-old told reporters while on worldwide duty: "I said to Zlatan I hoped he would be back. We need his personality", he said. "We have four teams who can get points, they will share points, they will discuss every result, so I think the draw is hard".

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"I don't fear the competition as a striker, or Zlatan".

Ex Arsenal midfielder Merson hailed Lukaku as the signing of the summer for his goals and his ability to get the best out of Manchester United's talented midfielder. I am now with a coach that I have wanted to play with for a long time, since I was 11 years of age.

According to the Mirror, the striker could return to action within three months with the target being United's last two Champions League group games on 22 November and 5 December.

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If he were only to make the last of those matches, which is at Old Trafford against CSKA Moscow, it would mean he was fit again by December 5.

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