Could signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic actually be a bad idea

Red Devils Advocate: Could signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic actually be a bad idea

Red Devils Advocate: Could signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic actually be a bad idea

 

Red Devils Advoctate is our weekly column in which we hope to spark debate by providing balance and opposition to the common feeling amongst United fans, covering a different subject each week. This week, Ryan Baldi questions whether signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic is such a great idea.

 

The José Mourinho revolution has already begun, with the new Manchester United manager making moves in the transfer market to reinforce the thin squad left behind by Louis van Gaal.

 

Throughout his career, Mourinho has tended to have a trusted lieutenant or two within his squad. Whether that be a player he has worked with previously, or just someone he has formed a tight bond with and trusts with the task of carrying out his instructions to the letter, and inspiring the rest of the team to follow suit.

 

And as Mourinho looks to restore United to the status of genuine title contenders next season, it seems he has earmarked Zlatan Ibrahimovic to lead his line.

The two worked together for one season at Inter Milan back in 2008-09. They formed a strong working relationship, with Ibrahimovic saying that he would kill for Mourinho in his autobiography I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

 

From the moment rumours of United's interest in the Swede began to circulate, fans were quick to proclaim the potential signing as an absolute coup.

 

But if you bring Ibrahimovic to Old Trafford, a fair few caveats have to come along with him.

 

Firstly, there's the age factor. Ibrahimovic will turn 35 in October, so it's fair to say he has to be considered as a very short-term solution for United.

 

Granted, the lanky striker is coming off the back of his best ever season in terms of goals scored -- with 52 goals from 53 matches for Paris St. Germain last season -- but that was while playing as the focal attacking point of PSG, who are by far the best team in Ligue 1. No other French club can come close to matching the budget and firepower of the Parisians. Their stroll to the Ligue 1 title last season was evidence of how little second-place Lyon, and those further down the table, can offer them serious competition.

 

With United hoping to bounce back from a season in which they finished fifth in the Premier League -- having registered their lowest goals tally in over two decades -- Ibrahimovic will be walking into a completely different situation than he leaves behind in France.

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