Manchester United are reportedly close to add another quality reinforcement to their attacking line. And this time it would be a player that already spent last season with the club.
Of course, we are talking about no other than Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Yes. you read that right. Zlatan is all but close to return to Old Trafford.
Sources with knowledge of the situation have indicated that Zlatan is expected to sign a new contract as soon as next week. The original idea was to have Zlatan back in time for January, but the contract will be signed earlier since the 35-year-old has recovered far quicker than expected. In fact, Ibrahimovic could be back on the pitch as soon as late October or early November. That’s a huge success for the Swedish star.
United boss Jose Mourinho has wanted him to sign a contract to stay at the club all along. And while we have constantly debated whether United need a fourth signing or not, Zlatan would be a great addition to the side.
United Need Him Despite His Age
Many experts have wondered whether United really need him after starting the season with two consecutive 4-0 wins. And the answer is quite short and simple. Yes, United need him. Good teams need as many good players as possible. And despite his age, Zlatan remains a world-class striker.
Ibrahimovic’s goals, experience, personality and winning drive, plus the potential impact of a player still considered one of the best finishers in football, could be significant. And with United fighting for four trophies this year, depth is always a good thing. Especially if it involves above-average players.
Ibrahimovic scored 17 times in 27 Premier League starts, and finished with 28 goals across all competitions even though he suffered a season-ending injury in April. Who wouldn’t want to add a player of his caliber?
Increased Depth On The Attack
The potential arrival of Ibrahimovic would transform United’s attacking line into one of the deepest in the Premier League. The attack would now include Zlatan, Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford. That’s a nice problem for Mourinho.
Lukaku is now considered United’s main striker, and has dazzled with three goals in his first two EPL matches. But adding Zlatan would make United far more dangerous. Not many teams in the world have two world-class strikers as those two, and even though United have started the season on a positive note, adding as many talented players as possible is the way to go if United want to mount a title challenge at both the domestic and European level.