Before the season began many people doubted whether Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be able to bring much to the United side and questioned why Jose Mourinho was willing to let a 35 year-old who’d never played in the Premier League lead his attack. Now six months later, the doubters have been silenced as the Swedish legend has bagged 15 league goals already to his name this season and produced the kind of performances you’d associate with someone ten years younger.
Ibrahimovic was originally signed on a one year deal at Old Trafford with the option of extending his contract for a further year, something Mourinho said he expected to happen but now it seems that may not be the case.
BBC Sport notes:
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says “nothing is done” with regards to his future but insists he has fulfilled requirements needed to extend his contract.
The Swede, 35, joined Jose Mourinho’s side last summer on a one-year deal and has scored 20 goals this season.
Mourinho said on Friday he believed the club’s top scorer would still be at Old Trafford in 2017-18.
When asked about his future, Ibrahimovic said: “We’ll wait and see.”
United are fighting on four fronts this season with a League Cup final, Europa League double header against French side St. Etienne, the Premier League campaign and an FA Cup clash at Blackburn all on the horizon, leaving no doubt Ibrahimovic has a big part to play over the next few months.
The only question remaining is whether the striker has a big part to play over the next year or so too, or whether he’s destined to have just the one season at Old Trafford.
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