Manchester United face the prospect of losing star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer if they do not qualify for next season’s Champions League, according to The Mirror.
The 35-year-old has been in sensational form for Jose Mourinho’s side this term, netting 28 goals in all competitions to help United to the League Cup title, fifth in the Premier League, and into the last eight of the Europa League.
And it’s in those latter two competitions where the Swede will be looking for greater success between now and May, as victory in Europe’ secondary tournament would secure United’s place in the Champions League next season, as would a top four finish in the league.
Ibrahimovic signed an initial one-year deal at Old Trafford last summer although does have the option to extend that by a further year this summer, yet if Mourinho’s men fail to clinch a spot in Europe’s elite competition, a trophy Ibrahimovic has never won, he may well move on.
And that is not good news for a United side that have relied heavily on the 35-year-old this season, with his tally of 28 goals 18 more than the next highest scorer Juan Mata, and 20 more than the next highest scoring striker at the club, Marcus Rashford.
Mourinho’s side go to Anderlecht tonight (8.05pm kick-off) to pursue their bid for the Europa League title, and given that the competition could be the difference between Ibrahimovic staying or going, it’s integral that they get a positive result in Belgium tonight to bring back to Old Trafford for next week’s return leg.