By Andy Jones
- United are rumoured to be in talks with Zlatan over short-term deal
- Do United need the Swede or is it time to move on?
After a successful first season in the Premier League, where he answered all of his critics. There is talk of Zlatan being offered a short-term deal at the club once he has fully recovered from the knee injury which cruelly cut short his season last year.
Despite giving up his number 9 shirt to Lukaku. He still hasn’t signed for any other club. Despite strong rumours linking with the MLS and LA Galaxy.
The player himself probably feels there is an element of unfinished business in England, and with a much stronger United team now back in the Champions League. He could still play on the biggest stage, rather than going to the retirement home which is the MLS.
United made a superb start to the season. Brushing aside a West Ham team, who last season were one of the many draws and dropped points at home. United were ruthless in attack and Lukaku carried on where he left off in pre-season. With two superb goals.
So The Question To Ask Is, Do United Need Zlatan?
In my opinion, yes he would be a good signing. If only as a stop gap measure to add some experience and presence to the team. As it fights on four fronts.
He probably wouldn’t be available until the new year, when traditionally the fixture calendar can become quite congested.
It is clear the player has a huge amount of respect from his team mates. And his know how and experience could be greatly beneficial to the strikers, including Lukaku who is still only 24.
Last season the wheels almost fell off in the climax to the season with injuries and suspensions. With Jose having to effectively give up on the top 4 to focus fully on the Europa league. A risky strategy, but one which ultimately paid off.
Mourinho has admitted the fourth signing he wants is proving to be difficult, and with Gareth Bale once again left out of the Real Madrid line up in last nights match against Barcelona. Those rumours are not going to disappear before the transfer window shuts in less than 2 weeks.
Zlatan would add to the squad until the end of the season, and then the club could resurrect the deal for Antoine Griezmann. Which many felt was already done, only to be scuppered by Atletico Madrid transfer ban.
The only question remaining would be. Would a player as experienced and successful as Ibrahimovic be willing to be a bit part player. Rather than the main man which he was last season.
If the club and player can agree a mutually beneficial deal then its surely a no brainer. For a player who played a huge part in the clubs return to success last season.