Sunday, October 21, 2018

Maybe it time for Ibrahimovic to head to MLS

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Manchester United’s veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted that he would be tempted by a move to MLS. This comes after United boss Jose Mourinho hinted that this season will be the Swede’s last at Old Trafford.

Ibrahimovic has struggled to recover from a cruciate ligament injury picked up last April. The striker has only played seven times for the Red Devils in the current campaign, having not played for United since Boxing Day. At 36-years-old, the Swede is coming towards the end of his career.

Talking to the Swedish media earlier this week, Ibrahimovic said: “I did not know that several Swedes went to MLS. That means it’s tempting to play in the United States.

“Los Angeles is a nice city and I’ve been there a lot on vacation. It is laid back. I think it’s rumours all the time [about my future]. When I play and when I do not play it is rumours. That’s good – that means I live.”

The striker is unlikely to feature for United in their trip to Crystal Palace on Monday night, a game the Red Devils are odds of 11/20 to win.

A football icon

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a football icon. The striker has played for some of the biggest clubs in the world in Barcelona, AC Milan and of course Manchester United. He has also won every trophy there is to win in the club game.

Ibrahimovic is one of the greatest footballers of his generation and was probably unlucky not to have won more individual awards. The striker in a different era could probably have picked up a few Ballon d’Or awards with the career he has enjoyed.

The Swedish star is never one to blow his own trumpet, but few can claim to have enjoyed such a successful career as Ibrahimovic.

At the end of his career

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is now at the end of his career and even was when he first joined the Red Devils. A surprise move to Manchester United at 35 proved successful in his first year, as he scored 23 goals in all competitions.

This season he has struggled to recover from his injury problems. The presence of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku at the club has also meant even when he is fully fit the Swedish star is unlikely to be first choice.

Ibrahimovic would not like to admit that he is approaching the end of his career, as he has a massive ego. However, it is slightly obvious to most observers that Ibrahimovic is unlikely to play at the top level for much longer.

MLS could be an ideal move for the striker

A move to MLS means that Ibrahimovic can carry on playing the game he loves, in a slightly less strenuous environment, although the pace of MLS is still high. It also means that he can enjoy a great lifestyle in Los Angeles, if it is LA Galaxy that managed to sign the forward as expected.

The striker has been linked with a move to the US for a couple of years, even before he joined United from French giants PSG. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has graced the European game for close to two decades.

However, the end of the season could be the ideal time for Ibrahimovic to make the move to the USA and ride off into the sunset, as he is unlikely to be a key player at Manchester United again.

Will Zlatan Ibrahimovic be plying his trade in MLS next season?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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