What would Zlatan Ibrahimovic bring to Manchester United?

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Following his retirement from international football, rumours of Zlatan Ibrahimovic reuniting with Jose Mourinho have been rife throughout the world's media, with Mourinho looking to make a marquee signing as he attempts to breathe life back into Manchester United.

Ibrahimovic, who has left Paris Saint-Germain due to his contract expiring, has kept his cards close to his chest throughout the constant speculation, but it's looking more and more likely that he will end up at Old Trafford ahead of next season.

United are in need of some marquee signings this summer to shake of the rut they've been in since Sir Alex Ferguson's departure.


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Despite winning the FA Cup last season, it's still been a rough few seasons for the Red Devils, but with Mourinho now at the helm, there is a certain feel-good factor back around the club.

The question is though, should they sign Ibrahimovic this summer?

Potential Eric Cantona Effect

From 1992-1997, Cantona was a hero amongst the Old Trafford faithful, with fans recognising the huge contributions he made to starting their Premier League dominance.

Cantona was never far from controversy, with the 'kung-fu kick' on a Crystal Palace fan being one of the most memorable moments of the Premier League era.

Ibrahimovic is arguably the most charismatic footballer of his generation, just like Cantona went on to be after joining United. The Frenchman came into the club as United were in a lull, languishing in 10th place, but after his arrival in 1992, they went on to win the league by 10 points.

Ibrahimovic could provide this kind of boost to the United dressing room, and also give the fans a world class player to get excited about after a season of inconstancy and a very mediocre brand of football.

Benefit to Marcus Rashford

With the games in England coming thick and fast, it would be surprising to see Ibrahimovic get consistent game time, and this would allow Rashford to continue his development after a dream debut season.

Yes, Ibrahimovic would be the main striker, but with the packed schedule, something the Swede isn't used to, it still provides Rashford with enough chances to develop.

Rashford already has Wayne Rooney to take advice from, but a season of working with Ibrahimovic and spending everyday in training with him, can only further benefit his development. 

Proven He Can Adjust

Ibrahimovic has played in several top leagues across Europe, including Spain, Italy and now France.

Not only has he won trophies everywhere he's been, he's also racked up some impressive goal tallies, proving that he can adjust to different leagues and different styles of play.

The Premier League is known as the toughest in Europe, so this step will be a big one for Ibrahimovic, but with his confidence and self-belief, it's not considered a step too far for the Swede.

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