Zlatan Ibrahimovic explains why he rejected Man United in 2015

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has settled into life at Manchester United fairly well in the first few months he has been in England.

The Swedish striker already has five goals to his name for his new club, including a game-winner against Leicester City in the Community Shield, and is already a firm fan favourite amongst supporters at Old Trafford.

However, whilst the Red Devils are enjoying having Zlatan in the twilight of his career, the 35-year-old has revealed the union could have begun a full year earlier. At the time, though, a move to United simply didn't appeal to the Swede.

"There were talks about me coming to United one year ago, that is correct," Ibrahimovic explained in an interview with The Mirror ahead of the Manchester club's game against Liverpool on Monday.

"But I didn’t believe in it then because it was not the right moment."

The question, then, becomes why was it not the "right moment"? Was Ibrahimovic enjoying himself too much at Paris Saint-Germain - racking up goals and league titles for fun in France?

Or, was it United who were in the wrong moment as they struggled to find consistency and entertaining football under the stewardship of Louis van Gaal?

That is unclear. However, what is clear, is that United fans would undoubtedly have loved to have been able to cheer on Zlatan at Old Trafford in 2015, as well as in the past few months after his summer 2016 arrival.

Judging by the big striker's comments this week, had United been able to bring in Jose Mourinho earlier than they did, that could have convinced Ibrahimovic to head to Manchester when the original offer was made.

"Then they get the Special One and when the Special One calls you and when he starts to talk to you, you are already convinced," he said.

“He didn’t need to talk a lot to convince me."

For those United fans who might see another reason to criticise Van Gaal's reign as United boss, it is worth thinking about one thing.

Had Ibrahimovic joined the club in 2015, would we have been able to see Marcus Rashford burst onto the scene the way he did last season? 

As we've seen in the current campaign, the former Barcelona and Inter Milan forward has often kept his young teammate out of the starting XI under Mourinho. This would likely have been the case last campaign, too.

As they say, things have a funny way of working out.

And, if Ibrahimovic and Rashford can go on to score a few more important goals this season - starting against Liverpool on Monday - then United fans will agree everything turned out OK despite initially being turned down by their star striker 12 months ago.

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