Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Nantes at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on May 14, 2016.   / AFP / FRANCK FIFE        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

4 Crucial Things Zlatan Ibrahimovic Will Bring to Manchester United in 2016/17

​Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Manchester United player. It has a certain ring to it.

​The Swede is the exact kind of marquee addition that Ed Woodward has been desperate to land and will go a long way to helping restore the club to the pinnacle of the English and European game.


Here's a look at four crucial things he will bring to the table next season...

4. Goals

​Ibrahimovic just seems to get better and better with age. Soon to turn 35, he's just had the best goal scoring season of his career and shows absolutely no signs of slowing down any time soon. He's not electric across the ground, but that hasn't been his game for a long time.


Cynics will point out that he's had things easy in France, spearheading a PSG side head and shoulders better than the competition. That, to a degree, is true, but it must be pointed out that Ibrahimovic really made the transition from inconsistent talent to world class goal scorer when he was still in Italy - his final season at Inter, no less, when Mourinho was the man in charge.

3. Experience

​You need more than your own two hands to be able to count the number of league titles that Ibrahimovic has won to date during his long and illustrious career. In fact, there's only a handful of campaigns in which he hasn't been a league champion.


He's won 13 national titles in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and France. Since he left Malmo in his native Sweden at the tender age of 20, 2002/03 and 2011/12 are the only two league seasons in which Zlatan hasn't finished on top.


The opportunity to take on that kind of winning experience doesn't come around very often and will be hugely advantageous to United in a dressing room that features a number of young and hungry talents, notably Marcus Rashford.

2. Character

​In more ways than one, the expected arrival of Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford will bring the kind of character that hasn't often been there in United teams over the last few seasons. He's already been compared to enigmatic club legend Eric Cantona and it doesn't come much bigger than that where United are concerned. Just imagine press conferences with the English media.


There's also the fact that absolutely no one messes with Zlatan. He won't be bullied, even in the more intense setting of English football, and he won't allow his younger team-mates to be bullied either. That's the kind of strong leadership United haven't really had since Nemanja Vidic.

1. Status

​There are no bigger names in world football right now than Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He's on a level with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar in terms of global superstar status and securing his signature is a very big deal indeed, especially considering United don't have Champions League football to offer next season - the one trophy that still eludes him.


Ibrahimovic could have gone to China for a lot more money, but his desire to move to Old Trafford shows United are not a spent force in world football. Besides, the club could probably offset lost Champions League revenue from global shirt sales alone, and give their general commercial ventures in the Americas, Africa and Asia a big boost as well.

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