Three reasons why Man United should sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Dimitri Kondonis examines three reasons why Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be a good signing for Manchester United
He’s a brilliant maverick
Manchester United are no stranger to a maverick player. Zlatan Ibrahimovic matches that description perfectly. The Sweden international is almost a global brand, and he can provide moments of magic to win matches in the blink of an eye. United have been longing for a player of that ilk since Cristiano Ronaldo departed for Madrid, and they thought they had found their answer through Angel di Maria and/or Radamel Falcao, but circumstances transpired against that particular outcome. At the chance to snatch Ibrahimovic in his last big career move, United shouldn’t blink twice. He could provide that Cantona-esque presence in attack to help propel them to trophies.
Suited to the Premier League and he’s prolific
With his incredibly powerful statute, the Swede is perfectly built for England’s top tier. He is tall and has an abundance of strength. He isn’t the fastest but he has the ability to hold the ball up, and with his aerial presence and wonderfully skilled feet, he can play in a variety of game-plans. Ibrahimovic can score plenty of goals, as his divine record shows throughout the years – 323 goals in 577 appearances, with a brilliant ratio of 0.56 goals per game over a long-spanning career. And he can score from almost anywhere on the park, as England fans will remember not-so-fondly.
Old Trafford fans need winning over
After the embarrassing fiasco surrounding the signing of Barcelona winger Pedro, Manchester United have some serious PR reconciliation to begin with. With fans thinking that the club were on the verge of improving their strikeforce with an Barcelona forward who can play in a multitude of positions, the club were humiliated when rivals Chelsea nipped in ahead of them on Wednesday to swoop for the Spaniard. And with fans of the Red Devils seething that they have been beaten to the punch by Jose Mourinho’s men, the club need to act to get fans back on their side. Ibrahimovic would do the job perfectly. In fact, he’d probably incite a lot more fear throughout title opponents than the (albeit clever) acquisition of Pedro.