There has been a lot of talk regarding Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Transfer Tavern over the last few days….
With his current Man Utd contract expired, the Swedish forward is currently unattached, though there has been talk that Jose Mourinho is keen to bring him back for another year.
That isn’t Mourinho’s only reported decision, though, with the Independent reporting that he plans to have Ibrahimovic as more than just a player at Old Trafford. Miguel Delaney of the Independent writes that Mourinho wants Ibrahimovic back at Old Trafford, but he wants him to play the role of a coach as well as a player, viewing him as a figure similar to that of Didier Drogba at Chelsea.
If you’ll remember, Drogba came back to Chelsea for a year under Mourinho and whilst he didn’t feature much, his influence behind the scenes was massive – and he played a key role as the Blues stormed to the Premier League title.
Ibrahimovic is clearly still a top player, but this decision could be just what Man Utd need this season. After all, there is no real shortage of forwards at Old Trafford, with both Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku eager to start every game, and so it makes no sense having Ibrahimovic take that spot away from them.
At 35-years-old, the Swede has done it all – and he can share that experience with the rest of the squad. The Man Utd first team lacks the experience that it once had, with many of the winners having since moved on, and so the importance of this cannot be understated.
Ibra could still play a role, of course, and as Drogba did at Chelsea, he will play fairly regularly. But he will largely take a backseat and help to influence the game from the sidelines. Then, when he retires, perhaps a full-time coaching role could be approved.
Man Utd fans – thoughts?
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