Manchester United made one of the most astute signings that I can remember happening just twelve months ago, when Jose Mourinho sanctioned a move to bring in Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer.
The influential Swede scored an impressive 28 goals across all competitions, whilst proving to be a real father figure to the younger lads in the squad. Then, injury struck. Ibrahimovic tore both his anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments in a game against RSC Anderlecht, and his future in football, never mind just at United, was thrown into doubt.
Now the usually reliable James Ducker, who writes for The Telegraph, is claiming that the 35-year-old wants to remain at Manchester United beyond this summer and is set for talks with the club about his future.
That is despite the fact that he may not play again until the turn of the year, which is a huge amount of time to be out of the game – particularly for a man of his age.
I genuinely love Ibrahimovic and I am so grateful for what he did this season, but there comes a point when you just have to say no. Keeping him here on such colossal wages is a gamble and one that I personally wouldn’t take unless he was willing to sign a new deal on some sort of appearance-based contract.
If it were a straight toss-up between keeping hold of Ibrahimovic and bringing in another world-class forward, I’d opt for the other alternative pretty much every single time, purely for longevity.