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Zlatan could be United’s returning hero

28th August 2019, 18:33 by Tom McGarry

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hinted he would be open to a return to Manchester United when his contract with LA Galaxy expires.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hinted he would be open to a return to Manchester United when his contract with LA Galaxy expires.

The enigmatic Swede may not be getting any younger at 37-years-old, but he has lost none of his goalscoring ability and showmanship if his two seasons in the MLS are anything to go by, scoring 46 goals in 49 appearances for the Galaxy.

Of course, Ibra made his move stateside after having his two-year contract with United cancelled by mutual consent in March 2018, although he certainly didn’t leave Old Trafford as a failure.

Indeed, the former Sweden star netted 28 goals in his one full season with United before suffering a serious knee injury, with the Red Devils having moved in a different direction by the time he returned.

That led to Ibra’s decision to head for the MLS, but with his contract at the Galaxy set to expire in November, he could soon be on the move again, with his latest quotes suggesting he would be open to a return to Old Trafford.

“I could play easy in the Premier League, so if United needs me, I’m here,” Ibra said.

While the idea of United re-signing a player who turns 38 in October and whose best days are behind him may sound farfetched, there is logic to the thinking if you delve a little deeper.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted to sell forward Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan earlier this month and fellow frontman Alexis Sanchez is in line to join him at the Giuseppe Meazza over the coming days.

With no new forwards coming in, United have been left a little light in the final third, as evidenced by their bench for last weekend’s home defeat to Crystal Palace, as the only out-and-out attacker on there was 17-year-old Mason Greenwood.

Even the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, who have been rotating the central striking role of late, are yet to prove they are capable of scoring the 20+ goals a season that is usually expected of a United striker.

All those players are also still at the start of their careers and perhaps the addition of someone experienced, like Ibra, could be exactly what they need.

Even someone as self-assured as Ibra would not expect to play every week if he were to re-join United, but the advice he could give the youngsters both on and off the pitch could also prove invaluable.

United will also be hoping to still be involved in four competitions by the time January comes around, so even if Ibra were to join on a short-term contract until the end of the season, it could be something that benefits all parties.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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