Manchester United legend urges Louis van Gaal to sign Ibrahimovic

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Paul Scholes has urged Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal to pounce upon Zlatan Ibrahimovic's uncertain future and sign the eccentric forward before the close of the transfer window, reports ESPN.

The ex-Red Devils midfield maestro has tipped the towering Swede to be the ideal transfer target for a United side seemingly in desperate need for more firepower upfront.

Speaking to BT Sport, he said: "Centre-forward is a priority because there doesn't look like there's enough goals in the team at the moment, from any position"


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United scored the least goals out of the top four last season, and have since lost strikers Radamel Falcao (Chelsea) and Robin van Persie (Fenerbahce).

"I wonder if they could take a chance on Ibrahimovic for a year," he continued. "Maybe he could do something in the Van Persie mould. I don't care whether he gets on with Van Gaal or not, as long as he scores goals."

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Ibrahimovic has experienced troubles with Van Gaal in the past when the Dutchman held a director's position at Ajax in the early 2000's, with the Sweden international publicting berating the now-United manager.

Andy Cole, another United legend, chipped in with his own opinion, identifying either of PSG's or Real Madrid's frontmen as suitable acquisitions.

"Manchester United need a centre-forward who's going to score goals," Cole said. "It's difficult because there aren't many out there but you've got to get yourself one of (Edinson) Cavani, (Karim) Benzema."

Cavani has critics to answer, though, having failed to establish himself as PGS's, or indeed Uruguay's, main striker and has looked a shadow of his former emphatic self.

Benzema, on the other hand, has been linked with a move to Arsenal though it has recently been reported that the Frenchman is content with life in Madrid.

It is looking less likely with days passing that Van Gaal will bring in reinforcements, despite it being of the widespread opinion that without a world-class striker to challenge for Wayne Rooney's position as a lone striker, United might struggle to find the goals necessary for even a top-four finish.

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