Manchester United reportedly have huge concerns over the future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who sensationally returned from injury far earlier than anyone had predicted, and apparently think the forward can offer them very little this season.
That’s according to The Sun, who claim that insiders at the club are worried his horror knee injury has taken its toll on him, and that he won’t be able to pitch in with the goals for Jose Mourinho’s side.
This news comes despite the player penning a new deal to remain at the club, and Jose Mourinho remaining as loyal as ever to one of his favourite players.
Zlatan has played 73 minutes in total since his comeback – and failed to find the net – which the publication claim has worried Old Trafford chiefs.
However, when you consider the amount of time the forward was out for, his lack of pre-season and the seriousness of his injury, that’s only just over an hour and any player would be working on getting their sharpness back – with the player also working in the gym to rebuild strength around the knee.
Of course, the issue isn’t just Zlatan – there have been serious questions raised over the ability of star signing of the summer, Romelu Lukaku, who may have started life at Old Trafford well, but has struggled to make an impact in big games, and been called a fraud by some corners of the media and fandom.
Give Lukaku did score against Bournemouth and has won the game for United on other occasions this season, Mourinho may harbour doubts over his forward in the biggest of games, but for the majority of Premier League games he certainly does a job – but if the Zlatan rumours are true, Mourinho is left with Lukaku as the only option unless he wants to bring Marcus Rashford in from the wing.
That could mean the United boss dips into the transfer market to bring in a forward this winter – something many people felt he may do regardless of Zlatan’s comeback to strengthen his front line.