How Ibrahimovic’s capture could come to define the Mourinho tenure at Manchester United

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted he wants to play in the MLS at some point. And, yes, it will be very much his swan song in what will be the twilight of his career.

And, of course, he will find a clutch of suitors eager to land his services. The kudos on and off the pitch for an American club capturing the Swedish striker would be enormous.

Let’s face it, he managed to make a big enough noise when he signed from moneybags PSG for global giants Manchester United. He was the marquee signing that will no doubt define, one way or another, the tenure of Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

But it may take longer than expected to have Ibrahimovic spearheading an attack that can challenge for major honours. Indeed, Mourinho has admitted he needs more talent to bolster his United squad and thus provide the strength needed to mount a quest for silverware.

The January transfer window will be crucial for the Portuguese coach but, as his recruitment of Ibrahimovic proves, he has the clout to persuade players to ply their trade under his stewardship.

Not convinced? Witness Ibrahimovic, who said:

“The team I signed for in the summer is not as strong as the one I left, but when Mourinho called the decision was easy”.

“When he calls I had no problem coming. The financial deal was not the difficult part”.

“It was about the challenge really, and I will never say no to a challenge. It is what I wanted; coming to one of the world’s biggest clubs, that has had troubles and not won much of late, and try the Premier League. That is the challenge”.

A challenge it will be, that’s for sure. This time of asking anyway. United are currently nine points adrift of league leaders Chelsea after 12 games and in all honesty haven’t shown enough to show they might be in the mix for the Premier League crown once the business end of the campaign comes around.