The 35-year-old striker scored 28 goals in an excellent debut campaign at Man United but suffered a cruel double ligament injury blow in the Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo which forced him to undergo surgery.
As Ibrahimovic is expected to be out until November at the very least there have been question marks as to whether United would offer him a new contract or not. Now, reports from the club indicate Ibrahimovic will be leaving.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 8, 2017
You really can’t be too surprised at hearing this news given how long Ibrahimovic will be injured for. United would have to pay his wages, which are some of the highest at the club, for months without him playing in the hope he’ll come back and bang the goals in again. It would represent a massive risk by United to keep him on.
Jose Mourinho has a strong relationship with Ibrahimovic and there is still the chance he could be offered an extension but personally I’d be somewhat surprised and that was before these stories emerged from Sky Sports.
Ibrahimovic did so much in his debut season to help revitalise the image of United. His cocksure confidence rubbed off on other players and of course he scored 28 goals in all competitions, so that helped too. However, moving forward next season without Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney seems to be the direction United are heading and in my opinion I think that’s the right thing to do.