Zlatan ‘Could Still Play In Premier League’ Says Doctor
Zlatan Ibrahimovic decided to leave Manchester United after they failed to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. That’s according to the doctor who spent much of last year treating his knee injury.
The 36-year-old left United last week and signed for MLS side LA Galaxy the day after his contract at Old Trafford was torn up.
Ibrahimovic spent seven months on the sidelines last year after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injuury during United’s Europa League quarter-final match with Anderlecht. But just seven games into his comeback he suffered a flare-up of the injury and his first-half appearance in the 2-2 draw with Burnley on Boxing Day was his last in a United shirt.
But Dr Freddie Fu, who treated Ibrahimovic’s injury last year, claims the Swede is still fit enough to play in the Premier League.
“Right now, he can play in the Premier League if he wants to,” Dr Fu told the South China Morning Post in his native Hong Kong.
“But the new season is starting in MLS, so if you’re going to make a move you’ve got to do it now.
“He could still play there at United. He’s very intelligent, not your usual football player. He is very skilful, not just physically but also he can make things happen.
“I think if he stayed he would’ve played more next year. But he is 36, it’s one of those things.
“Zlatan had been talking about it for a long time, that the MLS had been trying to get him for a number of years. After his injury and recovery, maybe it was just time to move.
“It would have been a hard decision but I know a lot of teams team tried to woo him, not just LA Galaxy, but all over Europe too. They did all want him. But he’s been in Europe all his life.”
But Dr Fu added that the defeat to Sevilla at the Round of 16 stage of the Champions League signalled the end of Ibrahimovic’s time at Manchester United and that he decided at that stage to move on.
“He and the coach get along well. He liked Manchester United, he’s a hero before the injury,” added Dr Fu.
“His idea was to see if we can go back and win more titles, especially the Champions League. After United lost to Sevilla, I think his decision, in my opinion, was that maybe that was it. This is my feeling.
“United won’t be able to catch up with Manchester City in the Premier League either. Maybe they can win the FA Cup which is good but not as good as the Champions League.
“He did everything else pretty much, won every major thing. Unfortunately they lost to Sevilla. I think he would have stayed longer, but he didn’t tell me that.”