Manchester United have decided to end their association with Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has struggled to fully recover from a knee problem. The 36-year-old leaves the club having contributed 29 goals across all competition, 28 of which came during United’s EFL Cup and Europa League-winning campaign last term.
Ibrahimovic amassed 28 goals during his debut season with Manchester United, and this managed to answer plenty of critics, having proved that he could play at a higher intensity, irrespective of his age. Unfortunately, the Swede’s maiden season was curtailed by a serious knee injury against Anderlecht in April 2017, and he has since failed to overcome the issue, despite making a rather-miraculous return in November.
The veteran’s last appearance for United came during the 2-2 Premier League draw versus Burnley on Boxing Day, and the club have now confirmed via an official statement that they have mutually cut ties with the experienced marksman.
The £180k-per-week star has yet to declare where he could be plying his trade in the future, but the United supporters will hope that he can prolong his career rather than seeing an injury force him into retirement. There has been the talk of Ibrahimovic making a surprise World Cup comeback with Sweden, but that appears highly improbable unless he can return to playing some competitive football.