Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The 37-year-old said earlier this week that he would consider a return to Old Trafford, having plundered goals in impressive numbers for LA Galaxy.
Ibrahimovic has 46 goals in 49 games for the Galaxy and with United short of striking options following the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, he has hinted he’s open to a return to United in January.
“I could play easy in the Premier League, so if United needs me, I’m here,” the Swedish striker said.
Ibrahimovic hit 28 goals in his first season for United but then suffered a serious knee injury and his two-year contract was terminated early to allow him to move to the MLS.
Asked about a possible return, Solskjaer said Ibrahimovic’s advancing years would be an issue, with him turning 38 in October.
The two have previously spoken, with Ibrahimovic looking at Solskjaer’s house when he had his spell at United before finding somewhere else to live.
“If he was 28 not 38 next month, there’a big difference,” the United boss said.
“Zlatan had a great time here, he’s still doing well, it’s unfortunate he got his injury here.
“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 on whether he’d seriously consider him coming back: “I don’t think that’ll happen, no. I think he’s had his time at the club, he’s had a fantastic career at the club.”
Ibrahimovic’s LA Galaxy contract runs out at the end of the MLS season towards the end of 2019, leaving him free to consider a move elsewhere.