The legendary Swedish striker, Zlatan Ibrahimović, has terminated his contract with Manchester United and his new club will be the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The 36-year-old Ibrahimovic will now walk in the footsteps of David Beckham and Steven Gerrard by playing for MLS’ most famous club. It was great while it lasted.
His departure looks like the right decision for both club and player.
At the beginning of the last season, Zlatan came to Manchester United to work again with his old manager, Jose Mourinho. It was a fantastic signing for the Red Devils, because Zlatan came on free transfer.
Zlatan had a surprisingly successful first season at Old Trafford. 28 goals in all competitions, 3 titles and a topscorer for Jose Mourinho’s side. The Carabao Cup final performance against Southampton, in which he scored two goals, was remarkable.
However, he suffered a serious knee injury in the Europa League quarter final against Anderlecht, and was initially released in the summer. He rejoined on a one-year deal in August and it was very strange decision to give him a new contract.
Since his injury, he’s played a total of 160 minutes in all competitions. He struggled to force his way back into José Mourinho’s side because the forward line’s rightly led by Romelu Lukaku.He either came back too quickly, or the injury has shot him to pieces.
Another chapter closed for Zlatan Ibrahimović. It was great fun to see Ibrahimović in England, even if it was for only a short time.
A big game player, but letting him go is probably the right decision. Manchester United can now continue to focus on clearing out the deadwood. On the other side, there is still a minimal chance for Zlatan to participate in the World Cup and playing frequently in MLS will improve his chances.
Zlatan’s extraordinary European career ends with one major disappointment – never winning the Champions League.
Zlatan always seemed to be at the right clubs, just at the wrong time. It will perhaps be his one regret. But along with Ronaldo (the Brazilian one), he will go down as one of the greatest players never to win the Champions League.
Written by Rijad Abaza
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