Manchester United have come a long way under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, with both club and player returning to their best, and the Red Devils should have a fine few months ahead in their quest to return to Champions League football.
Part of their rise has been the immediate impact Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had in the Premier League, with the free-agent signing excelling and proving himself to still be one of the finest striker in world football.
Mourinho is certainly aware of the importance that the Swedish striker holds on his side and he conceded it would be a disaster to lose the striker when speaking to The Telegraph.
“A disaster. Obviously a disaster but that’s football. It’s not a surprise [how many goals he has scored]. In Spain, Messi and Cristiano [Ronaldo] have a lot of penalties to score. They are phenomenal players with lots of penalties to score goals.”
“Here, Zlatan has 18 [league] matches and one penalty. It’s not so easy to score goals.”
With United ending the calendar year on a high after coming from behind to beat Middlesbrough, moving to just one-point behind the top-four as it stands, the fans will be excited for what 2017 can bring.