David Beckham has outlined his hope that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will remain a Manchester United player. The Swedish striker has been linked with Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy, whom he was previously rumoured to be close to joining last summer. ESPN report that a deal is the furthest along it has ever been.
Beckham, who finally launched his Miami-based MLS franchise, something which has been in the pipeline for some time, commented on the rumours linking Ibrahimovic with a move away from his former-club Man United.
The Englishman played alongside Ibrahimovic at Paris Saint-Germain.
“He’s one of the best players, one of the best people,” Beckham said.
“If he comes to the MLS at some point, it would be great. But at the moment he’s a United player and I’m happy about that.
“I want him to stay there,” Beckham said, as a United fan. “But at some point, he might come here.”
Ibrahimovic certainly still has things to offer Manchester United. Not just on-the-pitch though, where his importance to the side has vastly decreased due to the arrivals of Romelu Lukau for £75m last summer from Everton and Alexis Sanchez in a straight player-swap deal, joining from Arsenal.
The 37-year-old’s impact in the dressing room is huge. His mentality, as a striker who has had immense success across European football over two decades, is an example to younger players in the side and Ibrahimovic is one of a limited number of experienced players at United.
Simultaneously, his sheer quality was there to see last season when he scored 28 times for United as top goalscorer. He can provide something out of nothing and is a fantastic back-up option to Lukaku and Sanchez.