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Zlatan Ibrahimovic not giving up on Manchester United, yet!

Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in demand at this moment in time with rumors suggesting he will sign for MLS side LA Galaxy in the summer, which seems to be news that has surfaced out of nowhere, even with a photoshopped image of the Swede wearing the shirt of LA Galaxy. Ibrahimovic scored his 27th goal of the season against Everton at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening, seeing another ruled offside, despite it being a clear goal, which would have given United the victory, should the match have gone the same way should that goal have been allowed. Ibrahimovic spoke to MUTV giving an indication about his future, despite nothing being clear whether he will remain at the Theatre of Dreams for a second season, or make a move elsewhere to end his career in the game. In the interview with MUTV, the Swede said:

“Listen, if I had something to say, I would have already said it. We are talking. If we are far from each other, if we are close to each other – there is no news.

“There are still talks and let’s see what happens. I’m open. There is nothing done yet.

“No, no. I came here without the Champions League, I came here with the team as it was.

“It was not a team that was favourite to win but I still came. I came to help. I came to bring the team to higher views.

“Let’s see what happens. I’m 35. A lot of things have to be settled. It’s not like I’m 20. Probably I have one, two, three years.

“Everything depends on what you want and what the club wants – what the vision of the club is. I said from day one, I don’t come here to lose time, I came here to win. I have been winning, but if you want to win bigger, you have to create bigger.”

Not all that long ago, Zlatan stated that he never leaves a job unfinished, which led to rumours that he would spend a second season at Old Trafford, virtually quashing the rumour that he would head to the United States of America, which seem to have been reborn by Fox Deportes earlier this week. The fact that Zlatan has stated talks are still progressing, which state that although there is not a positive outcome yet, there could be one coming. The Swede has stated that Manchester United do not need to be playing in the UEFA Champions League in order for him to remain with them, which is fair enough as they never had that when he arrived either. The fact he has said he’s open suggests that negotiations to keep him have not got to a point whereby he’s rejected them, perhaps the club are looking to get through a busy period before they make any sureties in the situation.

Looking at the number of goals scored this season, Ibrahimovic has the most with 27 goals in all competitions, 16 of which were scored in the Premier League. Juan Mata is next in the table with ten goals, six of those being scored in the league alone. When you look at the other attacking players in the team; Anthony Martial (7), Paul Pogba (7), Marcus Rashford (7), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (7), Jesse Lingard (5) and Wayne Rooney (5), it is clear to see that goals are being scored by many players, which helps, but the lack of goals being scored is an issue, especially when you factor in United have drawn twelve matches in the league alone this season, nine of which were at Old Trafford. United need to start taking their chances, or at some point, the chances of them finishing inside the top four this season will be very slim if it is not already there at this point of the season.

Ibrahimovic has missed 17 clear-cut chances to score in the Premier League alone this season, which will seem a high number, and may not be the player’s fault. The fact is that United’s finishing has not been that great across the board, not just from the Swede. Paul Pogba has hit the woodwork nine times in all competitions this season, the same number as Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, which would suggest it was not only United who were unlucky. Luck seems to be a big thing in football and Manchester United just do not have that this season, some of that will be down to the individual players, though. With Zlatan scoring 27 goals this season and not having any other player close to that tally, losing him at the end of the season will be very costly, especially if United have not worked anything out for the summer. Waiting on the Swede to commit could hamper other efforts to get the best available players, which could cost United again next season.

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