Well, it was fun while it lasted. At the time, I doubted Manchester United’s move to bring in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but what a masterstroke it was by Jose Mourinho. Now, according to Sky Sports News, the 35-year-old striker is set to be released at the end of his contract.
Ibrahimovic’s contract runs out on June 30th, and after the club have declined the option to extend that deal, the forward will be a free agent.
As much as I would love to see him stay at the Theatre of Dreams beyond the summer, it just doesn’t make good business sense to keep hold of him. This is a man who isn’t expected to play until 2018 – at which point he’ll be 36 and coming back from this type of injury is never easy under the best of circumstances.
His 28-goal haul at the club was mightily impressive, and it was absolutely wonderful to watch him perform at such a high level in the intensity of the Premier League.
Ibrahimovic single-handedly won us the EFL Cup back in February, and his goals in Europe certainly helped us to our Europa League title, which in turn earned us a place in the Champions League.
Thanks for a sensational twelve months, Zlatan. All the best for the future.