By Mark Weasley
The news emanating from Manchester United in recent days has been about the potential exit of legendary striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The 36-year-old has struggled to feature this season following a nasty knee injury last season and following the approval of David Beckham franchise in the MLS, speculation heightened that he could be set to cross the Atlantic for one last hurrah in the American league.
Zlatan is expected to leave United in the summer, which would end what has been a glorious two years of topsy-turvy service to our great club.
He was excellent last term, scoring 28 times in 46 matches, remarkable numbers for a player of his age. He helped us win two trophies but suffered a nasty knee injury against Anderlecht in the quarterfinal of the Europa League that was expected to end his football career. Ibrahimovic however made a promise that he would return before the end of the year, which he did, but it has come at a price.
He returned surprisingly in November, just seven months after his knee injury, but his latest injury shows that age and fitness are finally getting to him, which many thought wouldn’t be possible.
His impact at Manchester United was instant, getting to grips with the physicality and intensity of the league. He became the oldest man to register 15 league goals in league history, just few of the remarkable things he achieved in a short period. The fans love him, but he won’t want to be pitied, given the charisma he exudes. He calls himself a Lion, but he’s human after all. To us, he remains the man who proves that no matter the age, people still achieve great things. He will be missed.