Manchester United have announced their fourth signing of the summer and although it is not costing them any money in terms of a transfer fee it may well end up being their most important. That is because the club have announced that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed a one year deal for Manchester United.
His career at Old Trafford came to a very abrupt at the tail end of last season as he damaged his cruciate ligament in stoppage time of the Europa League Quarter Final 2nd leg against Anderlecht, it would be a trophy that United would go on to twin but Ibrahimovic himself would play no further part in the competition.
When he limped off the pitch many questioned just how serious the injury would be and it turned out to be the worst possible news for both club and player with the prognosis being that he would be out injured for at least six months.
And with a contract set to expire in June it meant as things stood his last football would have been played for the Red Devils. As pained as Jose Mourinho would have been to let him go, he would have had a hard time justifying giving a new contract to someone who could have been ruled out for a considerable length of time.
But as the summer has progressed rumours have been abound that he could be set to return with Jose Mourinho ready to take a gamble on the former Sweden international’s fitness for the second half of the season and with that in mind a new deal has been offered and formally signed.
The player who scored 17 goals in 28 Premier League matches last season may well have to contend with someone of a lesser role this time around now that Romelu Lukaku has joined for Everton but the return of Ibrahimovic may well balance the scales in favour of United in terms of the title race.
If both Manchester clubs are gunning for the title post Christmas then the additional inclusion of Ibrahimovic’s experience for any title run in is going to be incredibly valuable and if it does lead United to the title then his weekly wage will be worth every penny even if he does miss out on the first four months of the season.
The realisation is that Ibrahimovic is too good not to have in the squad even when injured is obviously apparent, the fact that he’ll be fit by December would have helped somewhat in regards to the United board green lighting a new contract offer.
I think the conclusion is that it is better to pay his wages for four months with no return if when fit he can play a huge part in helping Manchester United win the title. Something that you would imagine he will do especially with the way the club have started this season.
He has been linked with a move to the MLS but as we all know by now it is apparent that Ibrahimovic is a believer of his own talent and he himself will feel he is too good to semi retire at this point in his career. American Soccer’s loss will be very much Manchester United’s gain and 2018 will see the return of the Zlat.