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Five reasons why Zlatan Ibrahimovic is bad news for Manchester United

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As Zlatan Ibrahimovic prepares to make his Premier League bow, there is much debate as to whether or not the egotistical forward can deliver in what promises to be the most exciting season to date.

The Swedish international left Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season following his contract expiring, and he is now set to take on the Premier League for the first time in his career.

After failing to impress for Sweden at Euro 2016, questions have already been raised about Ibrahimovic and whether he can cut it in England, but with the guidance of Jose Mourinho, the majority of fans are expecting the striker to light up the Premier League next season.

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However, here we take a look at why the player may not be all good news for Manchester United.

Marcus Rashford

Last season, Marcus Rashford announced himself to the world with four goals in his first two games, before then scoring in the Manchester derby, and minutes into his international debut.

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There is also some argument to be had that he was England's best player at the European Championships despite playing less than twenty minutes.

However, Ibrahimovic's arrival will undoubtedly push Rashford to the side, rendering him merely a squad player.

This will likely halt his development significantly, and will see his game time diminish drastically.

Abrasive Personality

One of Ibrahimovic's greatest weapons is also perhaps his biggest flaw - his personality.

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The striker has never doubted his ability and never shies away from responsibility, however, it is known that he also gets under the skin of many of those who worked with him in the past, most notably Pep Guardiola, who had to freeze the striker out of his squad for the latter parts of his sole season with Barcelona.

It is also likely that he will regularly demand to play and maybe prevent squad players from having as much game time.

Can Ibrahimovic keep his ego under control? We will see.

Imbalanced Squad

Whilst it will be extremely difficult for many Manchester United fans to look fondly at a large part of Louis van Gaal's tenure, one thing that he can be credited for is creating a stable and balanced team.

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - The Emirates FA Cup Final

They often defended soundly and attacked using the talents of winger Anthony Martial and forward Marcus Rashford, but players such as Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, and Jesse Lingard all contributed with goals and assists.

With Ibrahimovic in the squad, it is likely that much of United's attack, if not all, will be focused on the towering forward.

If the answer to stopping United lies in stopping Ibrahimovic and cutting off his supply, surely top managers such as Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, and Antonio Conte will find a way of doing it.

Record against Premier League clubs

In his career, Ibrahimovic has played for many of the top teams around Europe, including both Milan teams, Barcelona and PSG.

AC Milan v Arsenal FC - UEFA Champions League Round of 16

However, his record of scoring against Premier League clubs is - for want of a better word - atrocious.

He has scored a mere five goals in 20 appearances against Premier League clubs, and two of those came against Arsenal in one game.

Does this point to an inability to score against English opposition? The physicality of the Premier League is well-known to create struggles for a lot of high-profile players, with Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Andriy Shevchenko, and Memphis Depay all falling prey to the demands of the league.

Lack of Longevity

Despite what Ibrahimovic says, at the age of 34 there is no doubt that he is reaching the end of his career.

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He has signed a two-year deal, and not many can see him lasting longer than that. Similar to the acquisition of Robin van Persie, Ibrahimovic's arrival is likely to be a short-term fix to a problem that may reemerge upon his departure.

Due to his age, there are surely question marks over the player's ability to last a full 90-minutes on a weekly basis, and the effort that he will put in throughout the game for a coach that is famed for creating teams with defensive sacrifice.

The challenge posing Zlatan Ibrahimovic is like none he has experienced before. Whilst he may rise to the occasion, there is every chance that he may not quite cut it.

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