What will Zlatan Ibrahimovic bring to Manchester United?

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Manchester United's rebuilding under Jose Mourinho is well and truly underway following the signing of Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

After weeks of speculation, it has finally been confirmed that the 34-year-old will be playing for the 20-time English champions in the Premier League next season.

United becomes the latest in a long line of giant clubs that Ibrahimovic has played for, including Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Inter Milan and AC Milan.


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Following three seasons of mediocrity under David Moyes and then Louis van Gaal, Mourinho looks set to lead United's return to title contenders.

The close relationship between Ibrahimovic and Mourinho has been well documented, and United fans have reacted excitedly to the superstar signing.

So what will 'Ibra' bring to the Red Devils as they embark on a new era under Mourinho's leadership?


At 34, Ibrahimovic brings valuable experience to United's frontline. With Wayne Rooney's career as an out-an-out striker seemingly over, his signing provides United with a focal point in attack.

Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are both undoubtedly talented players but are still inexperienced at the top level. Having a mentor like Ibrahimovic is only going to help them refine and improve their game.

Having played for the likes of Barcelona and PSG, he has a wealth of experience playing Champions League football, and will be hoping to lead United back to Europe's top table in the 2017/18 season.

Goal Threat

The Swedish striker has been a goal machine across Europe in a career spanning 15 years.

His first big move was to Ajax in 2001, where he scored 35 times in 74 games. Two seasons at Juventus brought 23 goals in 70 games, before a prolific spell at Inter with a sensational 57 goals in 88 appearances.

Despite only making 29 appearances for Barcelona, he still scored 16 times before securing a loan move to AC Milan. He then scored 14 goals during the 2010-11 season before making the move permanent.

However, he would only stay at the Rossoneri for a season, scoring 14 times in 29 games.

However, it was at his most recent club Paris Saint-Germain where his goalscoring exploits reached an ultimate peak.

PSG have dominated the French league over the last four seasons, with the Swede their star striker and a leader in a side brimming with top talent.

He scored over a goal a game, with 38 in 31 last season, and looks set to bring his world-class finishing and incredible scoring record to Old Trafford and the Premier League next season.


While the Swedish international is no doubt a terrific player, he is also an extravagant and outlandish personality, providing the press and fans with various memorable moments.

Despite fallings out with Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, he was still a fan favourite at the Nou Camp. He has been a well liked and respected figure at each of his clubs, and that is set to continue at Manchester United.

He looks to give 100% every game and plays with great intensity and passion, which at times can boil over.


While he often plays as a frontman and grabs the goals, he is also a team player, with his four assists in seven Champions League games in 2015/16 an example of this.

His height is a huge benefit, providing knockdowns for teammates to pounce on. He is also a willing runner and will look to create space for his fellow attackers.

Those fellow attackers will include Martial, and his speed combined with Ibrahimovic's agility and finishing, could be a successful pairing for United this campaign.

Manchester United fans have been calling out for a marquee signing, and they have got a huge one. Ibrahimovic is one of the best strikers in the world and could be the missing piece of the jigsaw at Old Trafford.

It looks set to be a thrilling season for Manchester United and their fans, but will it end with them winning the Premier League title?

Can Zlatan Ibrahimovic fire Manchester United to the Premier League title? Let us know YOUR thoughts in the comment section below!

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