Former Manchester United ace Paul Ince says a return to Old Trafford by Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the only way to get the club out of its current quagmire
Ibrahmiovic is coming to the end of his time with LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer, and recently dropped hints that his next destination could be a return to La Liga.
But the 38-year-old should consider heading back to the Premier League to act as the leader his former club United desperately need, believes Ince.
‘Zlatan Ibrahimovic seemed to tease going back to Spain, then he’s been linked with staying in the MLS, and even Perth Glory,’ Ince told Paddy Power.
‘But I think, if he wanted to, returning to Old Trafford would be the way to go.
‘He’d be great at educating all of these young players that Ole is looking to bring through, an incredible off-pitch influence as well as on the field.
‘They need someone who can control the changing room, and be a true leader, and he fits that role. He can show the young players how it’s done. He would be the Godfather of United’s dressing room.’
United have struggled for goals this season, with a series of unfortunate injuries leaving manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with threadbare resources.
The Norwegian opted to sell Romelu Lukaku in the summer in window while sanctioning the loan departure of Alexis Sanchez, despite not bringing in any attacking personnel in response.
Chances have been handed out to 18-year-old academy starlet Mason Greenwood, while Marcus Rashford has been tasked with leading the front line in the absence of Anthony Martial.
Ince believes the addition of Ibrahimovic will guarantee goals, even if the veteran star is held back simply for late substitute appearances.
‘You know that he isn’t going to play 90 minutes every game, but he’s a lethal goal scorer ultimately,’ Ince added.
‘It’d only be a short contract, and you know what he’s going to do and that’s score you goals. If you were to bring him on for 15 or 20 minutes he will find the net in that time.’