Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be a game changer for Manchester United, but is he worth it?

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Manchester United now find themselves in a precarious position once again this summer. After spending over £250m since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, there's a feeling that the spending may continue at Old Trafford this summer.

With Jose Mourinho now at the club, United have a manager who can attract the biggest stars in Europe, and already the Red Devils have been linked with Swedish superstar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The 34-year-old has confirmed he will be leaving Paris Saint-Germain this summer and he's already considering his next step.


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It's looking likely that the Swede will end up in the Premier League, with Old Trafford the favoured destination, but can the veteran striker cut it in the world's toughest league?

Here we look into whether or not signing Ibrahimovic would be worth it for Manchester United.

Why Zlatan?

Easy question. After selling Javier Hernandez and Robin van Persie last summer, it was key United brought a top quality striker to replace them and to get those key 20 goals a season. That didn't happen and Louis van Gaal only reinforced his side with then, 19-year-old Anthony Martial at the time. 

Despite an impressive 17-goal season, the Red Devils needed someone who could lead the line in place of an ageing Wayne Rooney, and now it seems they'll finally have to address it this summer as Rooney begins to transition to midfield.

So of course, how do you fill this gap?

You sign an international superstar who has won titles at every club he's been at, quite similar to Mourinho right?

Ibrahimovic scored an impressive 53 goals in 50 appearances last season for PSG, including 38 just in Ligue 1. 

To put that in perspective, United scored 49 goals in the Premier League last season, so signing the Swede seems like a no-brainer.

That's also without mentioning his evident star quality which is currently lacking in the Manchester United team. The side are in dire need of a boost and Ibrahimovic could just provide that.

Why not Zlatan?

Well there's the easy-to-point out stat that Ibrahimovic played in a side that finished 31 points ahead of their closest rival, Lyon, last season.

There are many factors that spring to mind, and some aren't just the striker's fault. 

First of all, making the transition to the Premier League for the 34-year-old won't be easy. We've already seen with some United signings that adapting to the league isn't as easy as it may look, no matter their age or quality. United will be wary of this after the disappointing signings of Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ibrahimovic's teammate this season, Angel Di Maria.

Then you have to question the side he'd walk into. As mentioned, his success at United won't be solely dependent on him, but the side around him will be responsible for feeding him, just as the likes of Di Maria and Blaise Matuidi did last season. 

United struggled to score goals last season, that's no secret, but they also struggled with assists. Wayne Rooney topped the charts for United with six, with Martial and Juan Mata each getting five in the Premier League.

In comparison Di Maria chipped in for PSG last season with 18 in Ligue 1 alone. 


There's no right or wrong answer to United signing Ibrahimovic. Mourinho will want to arrive at United with a marquee signing, and with rumours the Swedish striker could take up a coaching role with the club once he retires, it sounds like a pretty good deal.

However, United aren't in the position to waste any more money. If they were at the top of their game, and winning cup after cup, signing Ibrahimovic wouldn't even be a discussion.

At 34, and the at least £200,000-a-week wages United would be rumoured to have to pay, it bears the question why they wouldn't break the bank for a younger striker, with room for potential, such as Romelu Lukaku. 

Time will tell how the Ibrahimovic saga will play out, but one thing is assured, this is just one of many tough decisions that the club, and Jose Mourinho, will have to face this summer.

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