The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern are looking forward to a new era at the club.
Jose Mourinho’s side have fallen well below the standard set by Manchester City so far this season for a whole host of reasons, but the transfer activity of both side’s last summer can somewhat explain the gulf in class. Guardiola adopted a ruthless cut-throat approach by selling plenty of players who had been first-team regulars for a number of seasons, such as Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Aleksander Kolarov and Samir Nasri. His decision making raised eyebrows across the country, but in hindsight there is no doubt his summer fire-sale was in the club’s best interests.
With that being said, Mourinho would be wise to adopt a similar attitude in the next two transfer windows and dramatically alter the personnel at the club.
The easiest place to start when making decisions of this nature would be to consider the ages of the players within the squad, and begin offloading the older generation of Red Devils.
In United’s case, the first players in the firing line would be Michael Carrick and Zlatan Ibrahimovic who are the two oldest players at the club at 36-years-old.
However, the latter may be about to jump before he is pushed by Mourinho, as Yahoo have reported that Ibrahimovic is hoping to seal a move away from Old Trafford before his contract expires at the end of the season.
Although he has been a firm fan-favourite since he joined the club from PSG in 2016, it is certainly time to allow the Swedish legend to move on to the next chapter in his career.
Since recovering from a cruciate ligament injury, Ibrahimovic has not looked anywhere close to the player he was, which is hardly surprising consider the severity of the injury he obtained.
If United want to improve their prospects for the future, they need to sell off Ibrahimovic and sign a striker who is in his prime to challenge Lukaku for a place in Mourinho’s starting eleven.