Veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has suggested he could drop into the number 10 role, behind Romelu Lukaku, when making his long-awaited return from injury.
The 36-year-old ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in last season's Europa League quarter-final victory against Anderlecht and hasn't featured for United since.
Ibrahimovic had previously worn the number 10 shirt with Sweden and PSG and has now vowed to do to the shirt justice for the Red Devils - having donned Wayne Rooney's famous number and handed the nine to Lukaku.
I got the chance to talk a bit with @jangradvall. Hear my story about the injury and the long way back. But most importantly, about #Number10 #MadeBySweden https://t.co/rUiear560f pic.twitter.com/x1DprMgMDZ— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) November 16, 2017
Speaking, in a promotional video for Volvo (via ESPN) the big Swede revealed: "I see myself in that position but it is not something that is given to you, it is just something you are, that's just the way it is," adding
After six months of rehabilitation, Ibrahimovic - United's top scorer with 28 goals last season - rejoined the squad and began training at Carrington in October, finally looking set for a sensational comeback.
In what capacity we're currently unsure, but if the big Swede gets his way he could be starting as an attacking midfielder in the first team. What effect would his return have on the rest of Jose Mourinho's side though?
Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks set to be back for Manchester Utd against Newcastle this Saturday but is the enigmatic striker a help or hindrance for the club? Let me know from 11 on @talkSPORT— Jim White (@JimWhite) November 17, 2017
With the stuttering form of United's Armenian maestro Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic could be drafted in as a direct replacement.
The 28-year-old had an electric start to the season, bagging five assists in as many games for the side, but has since come under scrutiny, for failing to impact the state of play in recent defeats to Huddersfield and Chelsea.
Perhaps United would benefit, then, from pulling Mkhitaryan from the role of focal point in favour of Ibrahimovic and returning the ex-Dortmund man to his original position on the right, allowing him more space to play his natural game and cross on his favoured right foot.
Old Trafford is now seemingly a land of giants, with the acquisitions Mourinho has made in his brief tenure - the return of Ibrahimovic, making the side all the more imposing.
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Having scored seven goals from set pieces already this season, it beggars belief as to how difficult it must be for opposition teams to nullify potentially seven aerial threats at once.
If Ibrahimovic was once again selected for the first team, United would have a serious physical advantage over almost every team in the league. Most notably over table-topping rivals City, whose current line-up averages 5'10.7 inches - the smallest average in the Premier League.
The switch of personnel could also potentially mean that Fellaini's playing time is drastically shortened.
United currently deploy Fellaini as a last resort substitute in matches where they're behind, instructed simply, to get in and amongst the opposition centre-backs and cause havoc with his tight chest control and heading ability from direct play.
However, the addition of Ibrahimovic in the final third, would mean that the direct option is already on and with a far superior technician and finisher, leaving the Belgian's usual role redundant.
The most crucial impact United fans will be hoping for, is an increased creativity in the final third and improved/more frequent service for the £75m man Lukaku.