It may not be much of a surprise, but it’s still pretty goshdarned exciting all the same. Zlatan Ibrahimović, last season’s top scorer, has signed a one-year deal with Manchester United, and will wear the no. 10 shirt until the end of the season.
Between 7 August 2016 and 20 April 2017, Ibrahimović played 46 games for United and scored 28 goals. Then he landed awkwardly, his knee ligaments exploded, and he missed the end of the season. Rehab followed, along with rumours of moves to AC Milan, LA Galaxy, and various other places. But as it turns out, all he really wanted was to
finish what I started. It was always mine and the club's intention for me to stay. I cannot wait to get back out on that Old Trafford pitch, but I also know that I have to take my time to make sure that I am ready. I have been working hard and will continue to do so to make sure I am in the best possible condition for my return to the pitch.
As you can gather, he’s not available for selection just yet. But José Mourinho has “no doubt that he will be important in the second part of the season.”
In his absence, United have picked themselves up a replacement striker and started the season in quite some style. The extra dimension offered by Romelu Lukaku’s pace and movement, plus his price tag and his goal-scoring start, suggest that Ibrahimović will be coming back as an impact substitute or rotation option. Still, you suspect there’s still a couple of important goals in those legs. And of course, we get to welcome back his ridiculous, compelling personality: