Manchester United could be welcoming back last season’s top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic into their team by next month after a lengthy lay off. The former Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona star has been missing in action since April. His return could however give Jose Mourinho a wonderful selection problem.
It will be interesting to see who between Zlatan and Lukaku will be preferred by Mourinho as United’s main striker. The versatility of Zlatan could be useful to Manchester United and Mourinho as the season progresses.
So far Mourinho has played a lone striker system. And should he continue with his much preferred 4-2-3-1 formation, Zlatan could occupy the 10 role allowing Lukaku to be the main striker. The only problem with Zlatan in this role is the fact that he is now very slow and he playing as a 10 could slow down United’s attack.
Another formation Mourinho could employ in order to accommodate is the very popular 4-4-2 formation. Zlatan and Lukaku have both played in this formation for different clubs and should have no problem adapting to it should Mourinho decide to trial it in a bid to accommodate both players.
The 3-5-2 formation is another that Mourinho could employ and he could yet decide to rotate both players in the two major competitions – the UEFA Champions League and the Premier League. With Zlatan already 36 years old, and having missed seven months of active football, he may no longer be at the pace required in the Premier League, but his wealth of experience could be very useful in the Champions League and Mourinho may just decide to use him for Europe and domestic cup games while Lukaku is relied on for goals in the league.
Whatever Mourinho decides to do, the return of Zlatan will be a massive boost to Manchester United’s title bid this season.