Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has described Zlatan Ibrahimovic as 'unbelievable' but wouldn't be drawn on speculation linking the enigmatic superstar to Old Trafford.
The Sweden captain, 34, is set to run out of his contract at Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season and the Red Devils have been heavily linked with his signature.
But Van Gaal, who faces an uncertain future in Manchester, has hinted that United won't target a player approaching the final stages of his career but failed to completely rule out the transfer.
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The Dutchman pointed to the fact that he's had to change the dynamic of his squad after inheriting a team with a number of players above the age of 33.
The United boss, in an interview with the Swedish TV station Viasat, as per the Guardian stated: “We need to improve our selection [squad], because when I took over we had six or seven players above 33 years old. Nobody knows that anymore because now they are gone. But now we have a much younger team and still we need a much younger selection because we need creative players in attack and also fast players.
“I like [our] own youth players more because they already know the culture in Manchester United, and that is also the philosophy for example of Ajax or Barcelona and also Bayern Munich.”
When asked about Ibrahimovic's heroics in France, the United boss continued by saying: “I think it is unbelievable what he is doing. I saw the game against Manchester City, and it was a big disappointment for me because he should have scored two times at least.
“Paris Saint-Germain is Zlatan and that is fantastic. When a manager like me, who favours the team [above the individual], is saying that, that is a compliment for him.”
When questioned over a potential swoop for the ageing striker, the Old Trafford chief stated: “You never know? I cannot say anything about that subject. He’s already 34 and I just spoke about the age [of the players] I let go [from United].”
The saga involving Ibrahimovic's future may well continue for some time to come, but it's probably unlikely that the revered forward will end up at the Theatre of Dreams ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
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