Lee Sharpe explains why Man United will dump Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The former Man United midfielder believes the Red Devils could discard Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the summer
Lee Sharpe has tipped Zlatan Ibrahimovic to leave Manchester United in the summer transfer window.
The Manchester United striker is sidelined with a serious knee injury which the 35-year-old striker suffered at the end of normal time in their 2-1 extra-win against Anderlecht.
Ibrahimovic suffered knee cartilage damage in the Europa League semi-final and the former Barcelona man is facing a long spell on the sidelines.
The former Sweden international’s current Manchester United contract is set to expire at the end of the 2016-17 season in the Premier League.
The Red Devils striker has scored 28 goals in all competitions in his first campaign in English football following his free transfer from Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain last summer.
However, Sharpe believes Manchester United will end their association with Ibrahimovic in the summer as Jose Mourinho looks to build for the 2017-18 campaign.
“It’s a tricky one because at 36 when you’ve just done your cruciate that’s a twelve month out job,” said Sharpe, speaking exclusively to 888sport.
“So Ibra is not going to be looking to come back until February of next year. That’s a long wait and he’ll be on a lot of money. For a one-year contract is that wait worth it when in the summer there’s every chance that the manager will go out and buy a big money striker anyway?
“It’s a tough one for the club and I understand just to dump him when he gets injured is a harsh thing to do but this is not show friends, it’s show business.
“The club have got to do what is right for them and if that means letting Ibrahimovic go then I’m sure that’s what they’re going to do.”
Ibrahimovic has scored 17 goals in 28 Premier League games this season.
Manchester United will take on Celta Vigo in the Europa League semi-finals.
Read the full 888sport interview with Lee Sharpe, including his thoughts on how Jesse Lingard has been harshly treated by fans