Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed a one-year deal at Manchester United, just months after being released by the club after one season.
Ibrahimovic has been nursing a serious knee injury he picked up playing in the Europa League for United last season but is on the mend at an extraordinary rate. While his massive wage coupled with that damning injury made those in charge at Old Trafford to deem him surplus to requirements at the end of the 2016/17 season, a U-turn has been performed.
The Swede will rejoin a squad which has already been heavily boosted with reinforcements in the shape of Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku. The addition of Zlatan to an already potent attack will provide Jose Mourinho with even more firepower as his side attempts to challenge for glory domestically and in the Champions League this season.
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The 36-year-old bagged 17 goals in the Premier League last season before his untimely injury ruled him out of any football action for a number of months, subsequently forcing him out of the remainder of the season.
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Ibra will don a new squad number upon his return, slotting into Wayne Rooney’s old number 10 shirt with the ex-United captain having moved back to Everton this summer. The striker coming in the opposite direction, Lukaku, has taken the number 9 jersey, which was Zlatan’s up until May, and it is fair to say that the Belgian has already made that shirt his own with a blistering start to life at Old Trafford.
With that being said, it remains intriguing to see where Ibrahimovic will fit into the Red Devils team this season when he returns to full fitness.
Will he be used as a back-up to Lukaku, played alongside him, or will he force his way back into being the main man up front for Mourinho? All will be revealed in due course. For now, it can’t be a bad thing seeing Zlatan back in the Premier League.