After an impressive first season at Old Trafford, Zlatan Ibrahimović finished top scorer for Manchester United with 28 goals in 46 games in all competitions. However, the 35-year-old Swedish superstar saw his season cut short with an unfortunate knee injury against Anderlecht in last season's Europa League.
It was a sad end to what had been a fruitful campaign for Zlatan and one which saw him play a significant role in helping the club win key games. One of the highlights of the Swedish forward's first season with United included a brace in the 3-2 EFL cup final victory against Southampton in which he scored the winner.
Having been released by United after his season-ending injury, many thought that was the end of his spell on English soil. However, the Swede has been recovering rapidly and against the odds could be back in action by October this year.
Talks have surfaced in the last few weeks that boss José Mourinho may re-sign Ibrahimović and this article gives five reasons why the club should do just that.
1. Winning Mentality
It is an undeniable fact that Ibrahimović is one of the most decorated footballers still active in the game today. With 33 trophies from a long and largely successful career, it is clear that he is used to winning.
Having played at the highest level in a variety of leagues throughout Europe, the Swedish hitman has many club honours to his name and carried on this winning trend with United at Old Trafford last term.
Having a player like him in the side only helps to reinforce the kind of winning mentality that is expected and encouraged at Manchester United.
2. Leadership Quality
Even though Zlatan wasn't the club's official captain last season, in many ways he was one of the de facto leaders of the team in the way he carried them at times with his goals.
As an older, seasoned and accomplished player, the younger personnel at Manchester United would've looked up to him for advice and support.
He was a big presence at the club, both on the pitch and in the dressing room. His constant hunger to keep on winning will inspire his team-mates. Re-signing a player of such stature to the club should have a positive effect on the team.
3. A Penchant for Brilliance
Anyone who has watched Zlatan over the years will testify to just how brilliant and magisterial he can be on a football pitch. With spectacular acrobatics, silky dribbling, unstoppable volleys and much more on display from the dynamic front man, we have become accustomed to seeing him do some unbelievably beautiful things.
He always seems to have a tendency for the brilliant and can produce a moment of genius at any given moment. Even at 35-years of age the big Swede, though less mobile and agile, is still capable of truly breathtaking feats.
4. An Extra Option Upfront
With big money signing Romelu Lukaku joining the club, it is clear that Ibrahimović will have to settle for a supporting role to the Belgium forward. Though Lukaku is currently the main man up front, there is no reason to suggest that Ibrahimović can't make an impact from the bench or start some matches if United want to give their 24-year-old Belgium hitman a rest.
Furthermore, in the unfortunate event that Lukaku were to get injured, having an extra option in Zlatan would be beneficial. The burden of responsibility for goals won't be heavy on the Swede this season but he can still be influential when called upon.
5. He's a Free Agent
Apart from having to pay his wages, it will cost Manchester United nothing to re-sign a player who will most likely only improve their team and bring a positive presence to the club. Following his injury the Ibrahimović was released by United and is currently a free agent.
Considering the fact that his performances and contributions were often vital to the club last term, re-signing him seems like a good move. Barring his injury, the former Swedish international has showed no signs of any major deterioration in his game and having him in Red shirt could prove to be a masterstroke come the end of the season.