Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract with Manchester United expired at the end of the previous season, but he could make a sensational return in January if Mourinho needs more power in attack.
Despite Romelu Lukaku’s arrival as a direct replacement for ongoing Zlatan, the Swede’s Old Trafford story is not definitely over. Ibra is currently recovering at United’s Carrington Training Centre, where he is undergoing treatment for an ACL injury he suffered in the second leg of the Europa League quarterfinals against Anderlecht. Zlatan tremendously contributed the last term, and United allowed him to stay at the club and recover, as a sign of appreciation for his heroics.
Ibrahimovic appeared in 45 matches and recorded 28 goals and eight assists in the 2016-17, including five goals in Manchester’s route to the Europa League trophy, the only one that United needed to complete the trophy room collection. Luckily for Zlatan, his injury wasn’t career-ending, and he will be ready to play football again in a few months, so in case Mourinho’s team is struggling to score goals, the Portugues can count on the Swede. He can be a short-term option and could be useful considering United will play on four fronts.
His last season’s goal-scoring record is excellent as he ended the year as the United’s top scorer, and Zlatan proved that the age is only a number to him. Manchester didn’t entirely close the door to Ibrahimovic, and he could still have a part to play at Old Trafford, given that Martial and Rashford do have a lot to learn and there is no better role model than Ibra when it comes to scoring goals.