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Ibrahimovic confident of top-four finish as Man Utd striker returns to action following ban

The elbow that saw Ibrahimovic banned for three games
The elbow that saw Ibrahimovic banned for three games

Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes that Manchester United will be in the Champions League places when the Premier League season finishes.

The Swedish striker is back in United's league squad having served a three-match domestic ban for elbowing Tyrone Mings during the club's 1-1 draw against Bournemouth on March 4.

The 35-year-old is hoping to positively influence the Red Devils' push for a top-four spot against Everton at Old Trafford this evening.

"I feel good. I missed Old Trafford and the games with my team, but finally I am back and hopefully I come back with positive vibes," Ibrahimovic told MUTV.

"I’m better at it (sitting out games) than I used to be. Before I was more emotional and deep into my feelings, now it's more that I look at the game and I have trust in my teammates, I have confidence in them.

"It’s part of the game, you can't always play. Sometimes you are out for injuries or suspensions like in my case or for other reasons. You learn from everything."

United currently sit in fifth, five points off fourth-placed Manchester City with one game in hand and six off third-placed Liverpool with two games in hand.

"One game can change a lot - suddenly you can be third, fourth, fifth, sixth," Ibrahimovic added.

"First is too far away, second probably also. But otherwise it's very tight and if you succeed in winning two or three games in a row then you're in the Champions League spots.

"I think we will make it and we will be there. We have gained the points we need to be in the Champions League, though we are on the limit now.

"A little bit more and we will reach the top four I believe."

Jose Mourinho's side take on Ronald Koeman's Toffees at 8pm tonight, with Luke Shaw returning to the squad having been left out for United's 0-0 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.