Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be 34-years-old, but on his day, he can still produce the moments of magic on the big stage, and that is why Manchester United should sign him this summer.
A player who craves the limelight and the big-time, Ibrahimovic could well find a welcome home on the red side of Manchester.
The 6'5" Swedish striker – who has scored 39 goals in 43 games across all competitions this season for Paris Saint-Germain - has already confirmed that he will leave the Parisian club in the summer, and there could well be a fight for his services from several top English clubs.
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United are one of those in need of a big figure at the club, not only to appease the fans but to give the team a chance of capturing some silverware, and none do that better than Ibrahimovic.
The Swede has won the league title at every European club he has played for, even going back to his Ajax days, winning a total of 13 league titles in just 16 seasons. The all-time top scorer for Sweden is a huge presence on the pitch and has had the same sort of impression in football that Manchester United idol Eric Cantona had during his time at Old Trafford.
The comparisons between Ibrahimovic and Cantona cannot be denied. Both are mercurial figures who split opinion. Both players are skilful and powerful and love to score goals. Both players are true leaders and don’t suffer fools gladly. Cantona became a legend at the club, and Ibrahimovic could well write his name in the same pantheon of the club’s history, if only for one season.
United fans have been wanting a player to worship since the days of Cristiano Ronaldo, and since Wayne Rooney’s obvious demise, they are in need of another player who will go down in club folklore.
The PSG striker could well be that figure; somebody who can show the same sort of passion that Ronaldo or Cantona demonstrated, and who can lead the team back to glories.
There’s no doubt that fans would delight to see Ibra put on the famous #7 shirt and take the game by the scruff of the neck whilst putting some passion back into United’s football.
Ibrahimovic Could Face Managerial Reunions
His move to Manchester United could also provide an interesting sub-plot as he would be directly opposite his former nemesis, Pep Guardiola, who will be on the blue side of Manchester from next season when he takes the job at Manchester City.
Ibrahimovic would no doubt take great pride in getting one over on his former boss who he described as “not a man,” when describing Guardiola’s character. There’s no doubt his attitude and application would go beyond 100% in the Manchester derbies as he would want to get the better of his arch enemy’s team.
A further sub-plot is the development of Jose Mourinho becoming Manchester United manager. All is speculation so far, but the two got on fabulously as friends in their time at Inter Milan, where Ibrahimovic said Mourinho was “like a father to me.”
Ibrahimovic would offer no ending of highlights for the fans with his spectacular array of skills, volleys and free-kicks.
There’s no doubting Ibrahimovic has some obvious shortcomings: his carefree attitude in quotes to the media can come across as arrogant, but what he needs is the big-time. Ibra isn’t motivated by money. He doesn’t want to move to China where he’d easily be the best player in a poor league. Ibra is the kind of player who needs to be the first name on lots of people’s lips, and a player who makes the highlights every weekend on Match of the Day.
He isn’t motivated by money. He doesn’t want to move to China where he’d easily be the best player in a poor league. Ibra is the kind of player who needs to be the first name on lots of people’s lips, and a player who makes the highlights every weekend on Match of the Day.
The striker could also get advice from his old team-mate, David Beckham, who was already a legend at Manchester United when the two played together for Paris St Germain.
The Premier League would suit Ibrahimovic’s brash style, and to move to the biggest team in England where he would be playing in front of the largest crowds in the Premier League seems to fit the bill.
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