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Man Utd urged to make “no-brainer” Zlatan Ibrahimovic signing

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 13:20, 24 September 2019

Clayton Blackmore has urged his former club Manchester United to re-sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic, describing the move as a “no-brainer”.

His call follows the Red Devils’ latest setback this season – a 2-0 defeat at West Ham – under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Could we see Zlatan return to Man Utd? Five key things to know…

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Man Utd as a free agent in 2016, reuniting with former Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho.
  • He’d go on to make 53 appearances in all competitions, registering 29 goals.
  • Ibrahimovic helped the Red Devils win the League Cup and Europa League.
  • He’s since joined LA Galaxy where he’s bagged 49 goals across 53 matches.
  • Ex-Man Utd defender Clayton Blackmore feels it’s a “no-brainer” for him to be brought back.

The loss at the London Stadium saw forward Marcus Rashford sustain an injury and the England international joins Anthony Martial in the physio room.

During the club’s summer rebuild, Solskjaer allowed divisive Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku to depart for Inter Milan without bringing in a direct replacement.

Mason Greenwood, who turns 18 next month, has made sporadic appearances but Blackmore – who enjoyed 12 seasons at Old Trafford – feels they must return to an old face.

Ibrahimovic previously made 53 appearances for the club between 2016 and 2018, registering 29 goals in the process, and he’s presently lighting up the MLS with LA Galaxy for whom he has scored 49 times in 53 games.

Following Man Utd’s meagre showing against the Hammers, Blackmore made his feelings known on Twitter about where the enigmatic Swede’s future should lay.

“I definitely think we should ask Zlatan to come back, we need a target man – he’s the best target in the world,” he wrote.

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“6ft 5in black belt, he’s proved in the MLS he can still do it. I thought we let him go because his knee was dodgy – we’ve now given Zlatan and Rooney [away] for nothing.

“We won [the] Europa League, League Cup and Community Shield when he played for us. Thirteen years ago, the Barcelona goalie out-run Zlatan – he doesn’t run much yet he scores goals [at] every club he plays for.

“We need a target man so all our kids with pace can play off him [in a] 4-4-2 [system], and close [them] down quicker. Here ends the lesson, it’s a no-brainer.”