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Published on April 29th, 2017 | by CricketSoccer Desk

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The Cricket Soccer Conundrum – What should Zlatan do next?

With a knee injury that will see the Swede miss the rest of 2016, what should Zlatan Ibrahimovic do next, with his Manchester United deal expiring?

Peter Coates – @golazoargentino

Assessing whether United should hang on to Zlatan is really dependent on what business is done in the summer. Aside from scoring 28 goals in all competitions, almost three times as many as the club’s second top scorer, the Swede is a leader and a useful marketing tool.

Replacing all that will only be done by an absolutely elite-level player, like Antoine Griezmann, but they don’t come cheap and any deals are fraught with difficulties. In the case that United manage this, then getting Zlatan off the books would be a financial boost but if there is any doubt over whether Mourinho’s squad has a lack of firepower (as it has this season) then taking a gamble on the veteran returning from injury would be worth it.

Verdict – Stay at Old Trafford

Brazil Stats – @BrazilStat

Ibrahimovic may never recover from suffering such a serious injury in his mid-thirties, so he will probably never regain his best game. The way forward for Manchester United is to build their project on young blood: Martial and Rashford. However, a club with class should show respect to a player with such a great legacy and offer him a one year extension as a way to honour him, even though footballing wise, he would not be their priority anymore.

Verdict – Stay at Old Trafford

David Kraakman – @UruguayanHeroes

At the age of 35, Ibracadabra has proven his worth for Manchester United with key goals. And even though his injury will rule him out for months, a club as wealthy as United should extend Zlatan’s mega contract as he still has lots to bring on, but especially off the pitch. Youngsters Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are world-beaters in the making and with Ibra’s mentorship, they can really learn their trade properly.

Verdict – Stay at Old Trafford

Paco Polit – @pacopolitENG

Zlatan’s unfortunate injury provides as big as a headache for Mourinho’s side as for the player himself. Being a 36-year old striker won’t help him to recover any faster from his terrible knee problem, and I strongly believe that such tough injuries at that age can be the nail in the coffin for any regular attacker.

Ibrahimovic, however, isn’t a regular bloke. I wouldn’t rule out a one-year contract extension with the Swedish star… as long as he decides to agree a big cut to his salary. It’s a win-win situation for both parties: the player would be able to recover properly without the pressure of having to prove himself, and United may win back an invaluable asset if Zlatan indeed returns back to form half a year from now.

Verdict – Stay at Old Trafford

Vieri Capretta – @VieriCapretta

Zlatan is not only a star on the pitch, but one of the most famous players on the planet. Just imagine the impact a return campaign could have on television, papers and social media, with Ibrahimovic back from an injury and ready to reach the heights again. On top of this, he’s been helpful in the growth of youngsters like Marcus Rashford, and even just his presence could still be useful for the changing room. He’s expensive, that’s for sure, but Manchester United are a rich club that can wait for him to be back to his best and fuel a new Zlatan era.

Verdict Stay at Old Trafford

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