There is no secret to the Swedish superstar’s talents in front of goal.
For almost two decades Ibrahimovic has been banging in the goals wherever he’s been across Europe.
Last season he continued to enhance his reputation as the ‘Peter Pan of Football’ with 28 goals in his first season with United.
Ibrahimovic is 35, but age appears no barrier to him as he continues to extend what has been a long, glorious and successful career.
A new chapter will be written around December time, when Ibrahimovic is due to return to full fitness following serious damage to his knee ligaments in April.
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“the returning giants of English football might just have produced the smartest move of all in welcoming back the man with the talent to match his ego”
United have decided to give him a new 12-month deal, albeit on reduced terms, that will see him pull on the famous red shirt again against the odds.
But the fact he is back on the payroll now despite being unable to take to the field for several months speaks volumes for how much Jose Mourinho values his influence.
Mourinho is close to Ibrahimovic and just loves having him around the place.
Between now and terrorising defences again, Ibrahimovic and his invaluable experience will be put to use on the training ground.
Part of Mourinho’s masterplan is for Ibrahimovic to help develop the games of Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial behind closed doors.
Just having him in and around the squad is the equivalent to Mourinho of him stumbling upon a pot of gold dust.
Ibrahimovic is keen to try his hand at coaching and the offer of a minor role at United was part of the reason both parties were desperate to be thrown together again.
Some might question the wisdom of United still appearing to be transfixed by someone in the twilight of his career.
But it all makes perfect sense.
Ibrahimovic’s enormous influence on those around him cannot be overstated and Mourinho knows this.
It has been a shrewd summer of transfer business at United, but the returning giants of English football might just have produced the smartest move of all in welcoming back the man with the talent to match his ego.