Former Chelsea midfielder Dennis Wise believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic can keep playing for another few years despite leaving Manchester United.
The club confirmed on Thursday that the 36-year-old, following a season marred by injury problems, would leave Man United with immediate effect.
Tributes from United players have poured in for Zlatan, who will now move to MLS side LA Galaxy – currently ninth in their table after three games.
And Wise, speaking on Sky Sports on Friday morning, noted that the Swede still has what it takes to play for a few more years.
“I was fortunate to play until I was 38 and a half and I really enjoyed it and doing that I think you play as long as you can and you enjoy it,” he said.
“If he enjoys it he should carry on for as long as he can. He’s got a presence about him and he’ll be able to influence the young kids and help them which is great.
“So he should carry on playing, there’s nothing better than playing with a top top player and learn a little bit about them and play alongside them. So if he can give that, even if his legs aren’t what they used to be he should carry on playing.”
For the first time in his career, Zlatan has been held back by something that, try as he might, cannot be controlled. The damage done to his knee and the prolonged period on the sidelines has, at the age of 36, reduced his scope of agility and power on the ball. Even lions have their limitations.
But this does not mean he needs to pack it all in. The footballing intelligence and sheer presence he commands on the pitch will be more than enough to ensure his predominance in the United States.
Having wreaked havoc all over Europe for more than 15 years, now is the time for Zlatan to gracefully slip into semi-retirement, plundering goals at will with the beautiful Californian landscape as his backdrop.