Over the summer, Manchester United Football Club made a huge move, by bringing in Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer. The 35-year-old has already made a colossal impact at the Theatre of Dreams, finding the back of the net an impressive twenty-six times already.
Not many thought Ibrahimovic would be as detrimental to the Red Devils as he has been, and he deserves heaps of credit for that. Last week, there were reports suggesting that he wanted a new two-year contract to stay at Old Trafford, and now those links have been responded to.
Paul Person was speaking about everything football, and one of the topics was our star striker. Merson was then asked whether he thinks Zlatan will be handed the two-year contract he desires – but he doesn’t believe that’ll be the case.
“No [Man United won’t give him a two-year deal], I don’t think so, I really don’t,” Merson told Sky Sports, quoted by the Daily Star.
“I say that because I don’t think anyone else would give him that, so why would Man United be held to ransom?”
It’s a tough one. There is no denying just how reliant we’ve become on Zlatan getting the goals for us. However, it’s a fine line on whether the board will be willing to extend his contract by two years. That’s a long time for a man of his age, and I’m fairly certain that Edward Woodward would much prefer to put a one-year deal on the table which would make a lot more sense.
I guess the only certainty right now is that we have him until the end of this season at the very least and we must enjoy him whilst he is here. We’re very lucky to have a player of his calibre, and I’m sure Manchester United will come to the correct decision.