By Mark Weasley
Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has refused to give up on the possibility of re-signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic once he recovers from his knee injury. The Portuguese tactician recently shelled out £75m for the signature of Romelu Lukaku from Everton. The charismatic Swede had a fantastic first season in England, netting an impressive 17 league goals before suffering a season-ending injury in a Europa League quarter-final second leg clash against Anderlecht in April.
New signing, Lukaku, is expected to take over the major goalscoring burden that could have been felt by Zlatan’s absence, and has looked good in his 4 pre-season matches so far, scoring twice in 4 games.
The Swedish man had an immediate impact in England last summer, netting the winner in the Community Shield and establishing himself in the country despite his advancing years at the age of 35.
When asked about Zlatan coming back to Old Trafford, Mourinho was quoted as saying:
“We spent big money on a striker because, with strikers, you either spend or you don’t get, and we spent because of what happened to Zlatan and we cannot allow ourselves to be without an important, strong striker for the first six months of the season.”
Zlatan is an imposing striker who has continued to display astonishing levels of fitness despite on the odd side of 30, netting an impressive 250 career goals at that age milestone. He is technically brilliant, and has an air of determination and trophy-winning experience that could help the squad if he signed a new contract.