By Andy Hyslop
- Ibrahimović signed on one-year deal
- Meulensteen questions whether Sir Alex would have signed Zlatan
Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has questioned whether Sir Alex Ferguson would have signed Ibrahimović given the opportunity.
Meulensteen believes that ‘nine times out of 10’ Sir Alex Ferguson would not have made the move to bring Zlatan Ibrahimović to Old Trafford.
34 year-old Ibrahimović completed his move to Old Trafford on Friday. Signing a one-year on a reported £200,000 a week deal.
He became Jose Mourinho’s second signing, following the capture of Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly in June.
Dutch Meulensteen, who worked in a number of roles at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson. Believes his former boss wouldn’t have made the signing because of the impact it have on academy players.
He believes that Sir Alex Ferguson always wanted to promote youngsters when he could. He wanted to bring players through the United academy and improve them.
Meulensteen believes that Zlatan will bring charisma and personality to United and the fact that Mourinho has worked with him before is a positive.
Could Zlatan be Mourinho’s Van Persie?
Meulensteen has compared the Ibrahimović signing to that of Robin Van Persie in 2012.
Ferguson’s strategy was also to promote and develop young talent, whether that was from the club’s academy or signing young talented players.
Though the decision to sign Van Persie was a change from the strategy for Ferguson. United had just lost out on the title to neighbours City and went head-to-head with their neighbours for the signature of Van Persie.
Van Persie was a player of proven quality in the Premier League, he ha finished as top scorer in the league in the 2011/12 season.
Despite Ibrahimović’s impressive goalscoring record throughout his career, has never played in the Premier League. That is a concern for Meulensteen as it must be Manchester United supporters.