Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be at United next season, and the club is now on the lookout for replacements, according to an exclusive report by Yahoo! Sport.
The legendary Swedish striker is no longer first choice, having found his spot and his squad number taken over by Romelu Lukaku during his time on the sidelines.
At the age of 37, he is aware that he is in his last days as a professional footballer, and he is trying to get the most out of his time left in the game.
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Having struggled with a strenuous recovery from a torn ACL that afflicted him towards the latter half of last season, he managed to fight his way back to full fitness.
His last start for United came in the humiliating 2-1 defeat at the hands of Bristol City – a game in which Ibra scored his side’s only goal with a marvelous free-kick.
However, he has once again been ruled out of action for another month, with the aftereffects of surgery on his knee kicking in.
It is uncertain as to how many more appearances he will make in a United shirt in the future, and he may even leave the club before the end of the current season.
With the Chinese Super League and the MLS beginning in March, there is every chance that Ibra could leave for pastures anew before the end of the season, and become the face of football in another country like China or the USA.
With the striker gone, United will be short of a quality replacement, and are weighing up their options. As per Yahoo! Sport, the Old Trafford outfit is still keeping tabs on Andrea Belotti, despite the striker failing to hit the heights that made him so wanted around Europe last season.
As a second alternative, Jose Mourinho has been desperate to secure the services of a top drawer winger, and may secure one this very winter window. Lucas Moura, Gareth Bale, Ivan Perisic and Malcom continue to be linked to the club, and a deal could be finalized in the coming weeks.
Mourinho could also choose to take up the option of signing a young striker, who would be willing to act as a back-up to Lukaku while he continues to develop himself under the watchful eye of the United boss.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are players who have displayed the ability to be clinical from that position, but are still to convince in terms of consistency.
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