Following a terrific season with Los Angeles Galaxy in the Major League Soccer, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been heavily linked with a return to Europe, especially to Italy, Spain, and England.
It’s precisely in England where people have started to ask for Ibra to take the reins of Manchester United, who aren’t going through the best times of all. For instance, Ibrahimovic has been urged to return to the Premier League and rejoin Manchester United by former Red Devils midfielder Paul Ince.
The player recently dropped hints that his next destination could be a return to La Liga, but now Ince believes he should consider heading back to the Premier to act as the leader his former club needs.
“Zlatan Ibrahimovic seemed to tease going back to Spain, then he’s been linked with staying in the MLS, and even Perth Glory,” Ince told Paddy Power.
“But I think, if he wanted to, returning to Old Trafford would be the way to go.
“He’d be great at educating all of these young players that Ole is looking to bring through, an incredible off-pitch influence as well as on the field.
“They need someone who can control the changing room and be a true leader, and he fits that role. He can show the young players how it’s done. He would be the Godfather of United’s dressing room.”
United have been struggling to score goals this season, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial picking up injuries at some point. Besides, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to let Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez go to Inter, which has been proven to be a very bad decision.
18-year-old academy starlet Mason Greenwood has been given some opportunities, but that not enough. Ince believes the addition of Ibrahimovic will guarantee goals, even if the veteran star is given a minor role.
“You know that he isn’t going to play 90 minutes every game, but he’s a lethal goal scorer ultimately,” Ince added.
“It’d only be a short contract, and you know what he’s going to do and that’s score you goals. If you were to bring him on for 15 or 20 minutes he will find the net in that time.”
This is an interesting recommendation by Ince. It remains to be seen if Manchester think the same way he does.