Zlatan made a speedy recovery from a career threatening injury The Portuguese said: "Zlatan will be back. Zlatan is working here and under control, working as I would expect so, so hard. "He's not going to be back next week or a couple of weeks. Let him take his time and be back when everybody feels is the right moment.
"Do I believe he'll be back in 2017? Yes I do."
The United number 10 has been working with club legend Andy Cole on his return.
The former Old Trafford striker said: "I had a chat with Zlatan when he was in the gym the other day. "I think he is looking forward to coming back, most probably in December or January time .