Zlatan Ibrahimovic has suggested he would be open to a return to Manchester United in January.

The Swedish striker is at LA Galaxy where he has scored 22 goals in 22 games this season.

His overall record at the club is 46 goals in 49 games since leaving United.

He told BBC Sport: “I could play easy in the Premier League, so if United needs me, I’m here.”

Here is a look at three reasons why a Zlatan to United loan could make sense…

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Unfinished business

Ibrahimovic’s Manchester United adventure promised so much, and was cruelly ripped away from him.

He played a key role in winning the Europa League and EFL Cup, and had more to offer before his knee injury.

While he pushed himself hard to return from his ACL tear, he might have been rushing a bit too much. When he did come back, he did not look ready.

United probably sold him prematurely. His goal record would suggest so.

Zlatan evidently feels he has more to offer, even at the age of 37.

He has added motivation to be a success on his return. Why not take a low risk deal to bring him back?

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Crucial lift

United are likely to be stretched in attack over the coming months. Letting Romelu Lukaku leave without signing a replacement was a mistake.

 

Now Alexis Sanchez is off too, leaving Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood to share the load.

Getting Zlatan in from January would be a crucial lift for United after a hectic fixture pile up.

In addition to helping the club up front, he will give United a big boost in general, just having him back. This could be a signing of need, not vanity.

Fans will be excited to see what he can do again and see him try and prove a point.

United face Liverpool at Anfield on January 18. That is the type of game Zlatan is made for.

If we could get to the EFL Cup semi-finals by January, it would be great to have Zlatan come in and play a part in winning the trophy again.

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Master tutor

We saw in pre-season how good Mason Greenwood can potentially be.

The 17-year-old could learn immensely from being around Zlatan, on and off the pitch.

Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford could both improve their games from having Zlatan back around too.

For youngsters Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong, also getting the chance to play with Zlatan could be hugely beneficial.

He has a winners mentality, which needs rubbing off on this current squad. Having Zlatan in for just a few months could leave a lasting effect.

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