Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed Manchester United’s stance on the possibility of Zlatan Ibrahimovic returning to Old Trafford.
The Norwegian offered a mixed message about the 37-year-old LA Galaxy forward when he was asked about the possibility of re-signing the striker at Friday’s news conference.
Solskajer said: “If he was 28 not 38 it is a big difference He had a great time here and he is still doing well. Who knows! He knows my number, he looked at my house [to rent]. We can speak a native language, if he’s serious I’ll always speak to Zlatan.”
Asked later though about the chances of a return, he said: “I don’t think that’ll happen, no. I think he has had his time at the club. I wouldn’t expect him to be serious.”
Only this week the Swedish forward touted himself for a return to United after leaving Old Trafford for LA 17 months ago.
Zlatan said: “I could play easy in the Premier League, so if United needs me, I’m here.”
And former United skipper Paul Ince weighed in on the debate and said it should be a “no-brainer” for Solskjaer to try and get the forward back to the club.
Ince told Paddy Power: “From what we’ve seen so far, United do look better going forward. But they aren’t clinical enough, look at the attempts they had last week.
“They need a goalscorer, a Harry Kane or a Sergio Aguero. Someone that scores goals for fun, makes it look easy.
“Yes, they’ve got Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford who will create something, but will they score you 25 or 30 goals a season? No.
“Zlatan Ibrahimovic hinted this week that he might go back, and that’s not a bad idea. I’ve watched him in the MLS a few times and his record is phenomenal. He doesn’t run around much, he kind of stands about, but when that ball comes to him in the box – or outside of it – he will score goals.”