Over the summer, Manchester United sent waves around the footballing community when they, somehow, managed to lure Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the Theatre of Dreams without Champions League football.
Now well into his first season as a Red Devil, the 35-year-old is in a rich vein of goal scoring form, finding the back of the net a supremely impressive twenty-four times already. The former PSG man has led the line wonderfully well, and is really turning into a cult hero that United have been lacking in over the last few years.
Earlier this month, there were reports suggesting that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could well be interested in a move away from Old Trafford this summer. In my opinion, Jose Mourinho would be committing a fatal error if he allows him to walk away so easily.
This is a guy that has already scored more goals this season than our top scorer in the last three seasons and the season is not even ended yet. The most remarkable thing about Zlatan is the fact that he seems to be getting better with age, and over the last week alone he has secured our place in the next round of the Europa League, as well as scoring the winner in an FA Cup tie against Blackburn.
From day one, our new hero amongst the terraces has been there at the big moments. He scored an acrobatic effort within minutes of pulling on the red jersey on his pre-season debut, and that was closely followed up by a Wembley winner in the Community Shield, coupled with a brace on his Premier League debut at Old Trafford.
He’s a big game man, and although the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial will be waiting in the wings to take over from him, they should be using his knowledge and experience to learn from. Just think about it for a second, how great must it be for Rashford, a 19-year-old forward learning his trade, to be able to watch Zlatan Ibrahimovic in training every single day of the week.
I’ve supreme confidence in Jose Mourinho to not allow Ibra to walk away, and I get the feeling that the striker is really enjoying his time in Manchester. It’s now up to Zlatan to keep performing on the field with the help of his teammates, and come May, let’s hope we’re celebrating a trophy or two.