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Top 5 potential replacements for Zlatan Ibrahimovic 

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2.52K   //    13 Jan 2018, 18:08 IST

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Is his time already up?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic stunned the football fans after netting 28 times in 46 appearances, across all competitions last season - quite a challenging task to pull off for a 35-year-old, considering how the Premier League is a hard nut to crack for newcomers.

However, an injury back in April kept the Swede out for seven months and he has been inflicted with another, in just a month after returning to action.

It is quite clear that Ibrahimovic, aged 36 now, is nearing retirement and injuries are devouring his final days as a footballer. But, the question is, can United wait for him to return back to his former best?

That seems quite unpredictable, and also considering the condition United are currently in, they need a serious goal-poacher who can score goals on a regular basis. With Lukaku underfiring and Ibrahimovic nearing the end of his contract, it will be in United's best interests to start scouting for a top-class striker.

That being said, here are 5 forwards the Red Devils can look at in order to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

#5 Anthony Martial (Manchester United)

Manchester United v Leicester City - Premier League
Anthony Martial joined Manchester United in 2015

The ex-Monaco man is probably the best option United have on their hands right now. Anthony Martial has proved how menacing he can be as the spearhead, netting 17 times in his first season at the club.

This season too, the Frenchman has been at his best, bamboozling defences with his trick feints, pace and clinical finishing. He has already notched 9 goals and 5 assists this season while playing on the left, and could be used to a more devastating effect if Jose Mourinho grants him the favoured striker role.

It remains to be seen whether the Portuguese gaffer agrees on using him as the forward to partner the underfire Romelu Lukaku at Old Trafford. However, he'd be an able replacement for Zlatan, considering that they won't have to depend on the transfer market.

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