Manchester United are going through a transitional phase which has seen them fall way far behind rest of the Premier League heavyweights at present. One of the biggest reason for that has been United’s lack of goal scoring.
Anthony Martial has been United’s leading goal scorer in Premier League this season with 8 goals followed by Wayne Rooney’s 7 strikes. These numbers represent United’s obvious decline as likes of Harry Kane (22 goals), Jamie Vardy (19 goals) and Romelu Lukaku with 18 goals have set high standards this season.
Not surprisingly, United have been linked with some top quality strikers next season including Kane, Lukaku and certain Zlatan Ibrahimovich. Having spoken with some of the United fans, I got a general feeling that they want Ibra at Old Trafford next season but are also worried by Zlatan’s age.
Ibrahimovich, 34 still has couple of years left in him but United supporters are rooting for Harry Kane as the ideal summer signing. To a degree I buy that argument but at this very moment, Old Trafford needs a charismatic figure walking at the club and lifting everyone’s mood.
Old Trafford has looked pale this season where the fans know what they will get and it will be pretty boring. Those fans sitting inside the stadium and the millions watching it on TV need a cult hero to bring back the fear factor and the much needed SWAG at the club.
Ibrahimovich compared against Lukaku and Kane
While these off-the field qualities from Ibrahimovich makes him a must-sign player for United, he has not done that bad while score goals this season as well. Zlatan has netted 39 goals this season including three strikes in his last 3 Champions League knock out matches.
On top of that, he is a born winner and has a tremendous record in winning domestic leagues across Europe. In his 15 seasons as a professional player, he has won 13 league titles with his last failure coming in 2011/12 after an 8-year gap.
Zlatan has played with six different clubs and proved that he can play in any system and with anyone as his teammate. Same cannot be said for Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku. They can come to Manchester United and can even wither away like Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao.
Kane and Lukaku are still the young kids who are mightily impressive and could go on to become big players in FUTURE.
However, given the recent slump Manchester United have suffered, the club needs to think of the immediate future and if anyone can provide them with this much-needed lift, it has to be Zlatan Ibrahimovich.