A few months ago, it looked as though Zlatan Ibrahimovic was going to be a massive success at Manchester United.
He scored an overhead kick in his first appearance in United red in a friendly against Galatasaray. He then scored the winner in the Community Shield against Leicester, against Bournemouth on the opening weekend of the season and twice against Southampton in the following match.
However, a recent run of six matches without a goal cast some doubt whether the 35-year-old is capable of producing magic at the highest level.
Ibrahimovic is clearly considered the main man by Jose Mourinho with the Swede playing every match in which he has been available. However, club legend Paul Scholes doesn’t believe the Red Devils should be relying on someone at the end of their career.
“He’s an athlete and a fit lad. I think he’ll be good to have around the place,” he said on BT Sport.
“He’ll be good for someone like Rashford to learn from. If at 36 years of age he’s going to be the main striker then I don’t see that.
“When this club has been successful, when I was playing, when Michael [Owen] was playing, we always had three or four brilliant centre forwards.
“If you’re talking about a 36-year-old, as special as he’s been over his career, as special as he is now, I don’t think he should be the main one.”
Ibrahimovic has only just turned 35 - not 36 like Scholes says - but he does have a point.
But rather than simply suggest that Ibrahimovic shouldn’t be United’s main man, Scholes went a step further and named the player that Mourinho should sign to replace the Swede.
“Will they bring another centre-forward in? he asked.
“Wayne’s obviously there to challenge. Is Martial a centre forward? There’s four already.
“I think Griezmann would be up there, I think he looks great.
"He looks a top centre forward at Atletico and I think we have to be in the market for someone like that."
It may seem pretty unlikely that United would be able to tempt Greizmann away from Atletico Madrid - especially without the promise of Champions League football.
But with Diego Simone’s side already nine points off the top of La Liga - and the fact that United convinced Paul Pogba to leave Juventus for Europa League football last summer - you shouldn’t be too surprised if Griezmann is tempted to sign for the Red Devils.
You certainly wouldn’t put it past Mourinho and the United chiefs from signing someone of Griezmann’s quality next summer and Scholes has clearly given his seal of approval.
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