The Swedish superstar has been heavily linked with Old Trafford but having appointed Jose Mourinho, there might not be room for two egos in the dressing room.
There is footage of Zlatan Ibrahimovic marching his Paris St-Germain team-mates through the media zone after a match at Lille last season. “Follow me, follow me, nobody talks,” he orders at those trailing behind him. “Why nobody talks?,” enquires a journalist waiting for quotes from the PSG players. “Because I am the boss,” came the reply from Zlatan.
PSG were initially content to grant that dressing room power to him. He was brought in from AC Milan as the Qataris needed to make an impact. His pedigree, his personality, his star quality all ensured the club would have a ready-made leader for their assault at the big time. It worked. Four successive titles followed. He was on top of the world at PSG; the commander no matter the identity of the coach.
The club’s strategy has changed now. PSG brought to and end a four-year relationship with Zlatan this summer even though the player himself would have gladly stayed on the right terms. They no longer want Zlatan nor are they looking to replace him with a similarly iconic figure. There is a focus now on creating a unified team, not a group of subordinates around one incontrovertible star.