Ibrahimovic is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain this summer and recently suggested a move to the Premier League could be on the table, amid links with Man United and Chelsea.
The 34-year-old has enjoyed an incredible campaign and scored his 35th goal of the season for Laurent Blanc’s side in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final.
Despite how prolific he is in front of goal, van Gaal insists he has to think about the Swede’s age and the number of players he offloaded from Old Trafford who were above 30.
Speaking about him, he said: “I like [our] own youth players more because they already know the culture in Manchester United, and that is also the philosophy for example of Ajax or Barcelona and also Bayern Munich.
“Paris Saint-Germain is Zlatan and that is fantastic. When a manager like me, who favours the team [above the individual], is saying that, that is a compliment for him.”
When he was asked whether the player would fit into the Premier League, he said: “He’s already 34 and I just spoke about the age [of the players] I let go [from United].”
United typically buy young players and let them grow at the club but there have been deviations from that tradition when the right player is available. Robin van Persie showed us the fruits of that with his debut season in which he spearheaded us towards the title. So, in that sense, maybe a move for Ibrahimovic could be worthwhile.
That being said, there’s no certainty van Gaal is even going to be our manager next year so anything he does say about Ibrahimovic might prove to be nothing more than an opinion.