Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tells Manchester United how to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United striker and current Molde boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær has urged Jose Mourinho to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the club ahead of the 2017/18 season.

The Swede arrived at the club back in July, signing on a one year deal, and has claimed 26 goals so far this season.

Questions continue to loom over whether Zlatan will elect to activate a clause on his contract that enables him to remain at Old Trafford for another year.

And Solskjær, speaking to Expressen, was quick to advocate the prospect of Ibrahimovic’s Man United career stretching into 2018.

“We hope that we qualify for the Champions League next year. Then I expect that Ibrahimovic wants to play on the biggest stage for the best club,” he said. 

“There is no better place to play Champions League football than at Manchester United. It is the biggest and best club.”

I can picture it now: Zlatan, having scored the winner in the Europa League final, held in Stockholm of all places, announcing that this would be his last triumph, fittingly claimed where it all began, in his home country. It would be a fairytale ending.

And yet, at the same time, leaving over the summer would be tantamount with Zlatan – who arrived in England with a desire to restore United’s status as title winners and menacing forces in the Champions League – being content with a League Cup and Europa League trophy and rejecting the prospect of claiming bigger honours next season. Now, can you really imagine the 35-year-old ever doing that?

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