The 35-year-old, with 28 goals to his name, suffered knee ligament damage back in April that will sideline him until the new year.
And it was recently revealed that Man United, in response, had opted against activating a one-year extension clause on his contract, effectively rendering the Swede as a free agent ahead of the summer.
But according to M.E.N‘s Anthony Jepson, Zlatan could be offered a deal until the end of the 2017/18 campaign if his recovery goes to plan and Jose Mourinho feels he can use him.
He may have been a United player for less than a year, but nobody could deny the indelible footprint left on this club by the enigmatic, truly unique Swede – so much so, in fact, that the club has insisted on keeping Zlatan close by for his rehabilitation process, despite him technically not being on the books any longer.
Nobody can predict just how beleaguering nine months on the sidelines will be for Zlatan, but supporters would regardless welcome the injection of Zlatan’s domineering presence once the business end of the season kicks off next January.