Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a well-known kind of guy – he needs no introduction in football.
He is Zlatan.
The 37-year-old striker joined the Red Devils on a free transfer in 2016/2017 season and ended the campaign with an impressive goal tally of 29 goals along with EFL Cup and Europa League triumphs to add to his illustrious trophy cabinet.
The big Swede seems to still have much love for the club as he jokingly hinted that he would go back if they need him.
The LA Galaxy star talked about it in an interview as he still very much follows his former club.
“If United want me, I’m here.
“But Galaxy has me so I’m sorry
“I saw United last game it was unlucky
“If they scored the penalty it’s a different game
“But a game in England is not finished until it is finished
“Anything can still happen, especially in the last moment in the heat of the game”
This shows that the Swedish striker still has much interest in the club and would have no issue returning to Old Trafford.
Ibrahimovic, 37, can be likened to fine wine, the older it gets, the better the taste.
With 22 goals and six assists in the previous season making him the second-highest goalscorer behind Vela, the lion can still very much bite.
He also has a good relationship with the Reds Devils’ star player Paul Pogba as they both got along so well while he played at the club and are still in contact till date.
— MUFC Scoop (@MUFCScoop) August 28, 2019
Earlier this summer, he suggested that Manchester United should let the Frenchman leave if he wants to quit the club.
🗣 Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Paul Pogba:
“I think if he does not want to stay at Man Utd, there is no sense in keeping him. If he wants to be somewhere else then let him go. Use the situation and bring someone in who wants to be there."
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— Goal (@goal) July 31, 2019
Zlatan, who has played and excelled in Europe’s top five leagues, amassed a wonderful individual record before joining MLS.
He was a headliner in some of world football’s biggest games like the Milan derby and the El Classico.
He believes that MLS could one day attain that level but has a long way to go.
”We are in the US, where nothing is impossible.
“It’s nice for this league but you cannot compare it with Milan v Inter, Marseille v Paris, Barcelona v Madrid. It’s on a different level.
“Still it’s something, its growing and it will get big, hopefully, if they make it big”
“I did my job in Europe. I enjoyed it, I have 33 trophies that I brought with me here and hopefully, I can get something here”.
“And then we will see where that adventure finishes.”
With the new scope of things in Manchester United and the young talent in the squad, it would not be such a bad idea for an older, more experienced player with huge character Zlatan to come in and lead the team.
He would potentially do well with the new boy, Daniel James and also Marcus Rashford as the two can play off him with their pace in behind while he chips in the goals that united need and revive the feel-good factor at the Club.
It might be the most shocking option, but United could really use the Zlatan effect at the moment.