How Manchester United Will Cope Without Zlatan Ibrahimovic

According to reports, Manchester United are set to be without top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic for three games after he accepted an FA ban for elbowing Tyrone Mings in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Bournemouth at Old Trafford.

The suspension means the striker will now miss the FA Cup quarter-final clash with Chelsea as well as the Premier League games against Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion.

Ibrahimovic has made 39 appearances for the Red Devils this season but manager Jose Mourinho must now make changes to his forward line for the next three games although he has plenty of options to choose from.

The most obvious alternative to Ibrahimovic is to simply replace him with Marcus Rashford. The teenager has rarely featured as the central striker this season and fans will be delighted to see him handed the chance to impress in his favoured position.

The presence of Rashford will give United huge pace in attack, particularly if Anthony Martial or Henrikh Mkhitaryan are used in behind as part of the three alongside Paul Pogba or even Juan Mata.

While Rashford has seen plenty of game time this season he has been regularly played out wide and will surely relish the chance to prove his quality up front, particularly with United expected to spend big on another striker this summer.

Another option available to Mourinho is to push Martial up front, bring Rashford in on the left of the attacking three alongside Pogba and Mkhitaryan or Mata, who has been preferred out wide on the right in recent weeks.

Martial has featured more regularly recently after seemingly having managed to prove his worth to Mourinho and the Portuguese could be tempted to try him out as the lone frontman.

Another alternative would be to play Wayne Rooney as the central striker and use the pace of Martial or Rashford and Mkkhitaryan on the flanks in behind.

Rooney was restored to the starting line-up in the draw against Bournemouth and Mourinho has continued to insist he still has something to offer the team this season, even though it does appear it could be his last at Old Trafford.

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