Zlatan Ibrahimovic may not be the answer to Manchester United's problems

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has spoken. The Swede has made it clear to the media that most teams in the Premier League are interested but Manchester United remain the obvious favourites to land his signature.

The often controversial forward scored 113 league goals in 122 games for Paris Saint-Germain has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford to join up with new manager Jose Mourinho but is this another attempt to sign a big player, who won't fit into the club like Angel di Maria two years ago?

United have needed goals, with only 49 goals scored in Louis van Gaal’s last season. Ibrahimovic seems to directly solve that problem.


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He has played in top leagues across Europe, including Serie A and La Liga, and he has been a reliable goalscorer at almost every club. However, one criticism of United's attack this season has been the lack of pace.

This is a problem that the forward can't solve, especially in comparison to alternatives such as Pierre-Emerick Auybameyang, who have lightening quick speed. Zlatan can guarantee goals, but he could seriously slow down United's attacks.

Ibrahimovic is an icon, the most important player wherever he goes. He demands respect, he demands attention. PSG could provide him with that, but can Manchester United?

The Red Devils have made countless greats, but they've always been a part of brilliant teams, where all the components work together to create special squads. Zlatan will expect everything to be geared towards him scoring, but United may have to compromise their ethos to give the striker this, which could disappoint fans.

Another aspect of United's ethos is youth, bringing players through the system to shine at the club. Van Gaal established plenty of youth products including Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah throughout his tenure in charge.

Rashford has been electric in leading United's attack, with pace and intelligent movement. He looks like he could be a world-class forward in the future, but signing Ibrahimovic could inhibit the youngster's ability to develop.

Game time could seriously reduce by the superstar's arrival, who will demand and expect to feature in most games throughout the season. Frustration could lead to United losing one of their brightest stars, which most fans would consider a failure to uphold their traditions.

There is also the issue that Ibrahimovic is entering the end of his career. At the age of 34, it would be surprising if the Swede improved his form, or managed to maintain the stellar form he had with his previous club.

There is also an argument to say that he has been plying his trade in one of the least competitive leagues in the world, with no real opposition to the financial might of PSG.

Whatever the case, the next destination of the Swede is one of the hottest topics in football at the moment, which signifies what kind of player the Red Devils would be signing.

If he does transfer to Old Trafford, fans from around the world will scrutinise his every move, as a member of one of the biggest clubs in the world.

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Wayne Rooney
Manchester United
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Premier League
Paris Saint-Germain

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