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As quoted by The Manchester Evening News, Paul Ince has insisted Manchester United potentially swooping to re-sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a “no-brainer”.
Now, Ince has thrown his backing behind a possible move for the centre-forward, and claimed he could also solve a huge problem the Red Devils have at the moment.
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He said: “They need a goalscorer, a Harry Kane or a Sergio Aguero. Someone that scores goals for fun, makes it look easy. Yes, they’ve got Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford who will create something, but will they score you 25 or 30 goals a season? No.
“Zlatan Ibrahimovic hinted this week that he might go back, and that’s not a bad idea. I’ve watched him in the MLS a few times and his record is phenomenal. He doesn’t run around much, he kind of stands about, but when that ball comes to him in the box – or outside of it – he will score goals.
“If he returned to Old Trafford, bear in mind his goalscoring record when he was there for the season, I’m not saying he should start every game, but if you look at games like Wolves or Palace where United were struggling to find the net, he’d probably resolve that in 15 or 20 minutes. You can guarantee he will come on and provide a bit of magic, set someone up or score – United don’t have that with anyone else. It’s a no-brainer to me if Ole and him both want to do it.”
While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s trust and faith in his young strikers is admirable, it’s difficult to expect them to fire the side to glory this season. To have a 17-year-old Mason Greenwood as the club’s third-choice option up-front seems a tad desperate, especially when the first two options are just as much wingers as they are centre forwards.
Convincing Ibrahimovic to come back to Old Trafford would provide United with an instant boost in quality, and bring a real presence into the dressing room too. The 116-cap star has the ability to score the sublime and relishes being the side’s main man. In those pressure cooker games, having someone like the 37-year-old would be invaluable. As Ince claims, it really is a “no-brainer”.