It is unlikely to have escaped your attention that Manchester United appear to be favourites to sign free agent Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
His agent Mino Raiola has hinted that Old Trafford could be his client’s next destination. He was recently quoted as saying;
“Manchester United are a great team with a great coach. It’s fascinating. I’ve made my decision, Zlatan has not made his. We will see. They are really busy with the Euros. Out of respect for the Euros, the country and the coach, he should concentrate on that.”
Since Sweden were eliminated from Euro 2016 last week, the rumours have grown that he could even be announced as a Manchester United player as early as next week. Is this good news for United? I believe that it is; for all his bravado the man delivers, he’s got a medal collection to rival Ryan Giggs with thirteen league titles with six different sides in four different countries.
The Swedish Language Council has included the verb “zlatanera” – meaning “to dominate” in their dictionary. In my opinion, United have been lacking a leader or a character who can not only handle the pressure of playing at Old Trafford, but will arrogantly relish it in the same way as Eric Cantona and Christiano Ronaldo.
Granted this potential move has come at least three years too late, but looking at his record of 52 goals in 56 games last season, Ibrahimovic clearly has more than enough left in the tank to make an impact at United. To put some perspective on those stats, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford scored 50 goals between the four of them.
In Ibrahimovic we are unlikely to find a forward who is covering the sort of distances that you would get from Martial and Rashford, but we would gain a goalscorer who will frighten defenders and take the pressure from our other forwards.
We shall see over the coming days and weeks whether Ibrahimovic does join United, but I for one am praying that he does.