Zlatan Ibrahimovic rejoins Manchester United - Old Trafford top ten No10s

Brendon Netto 24/08/2017
Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has re-signed for Manchester United on a one-year contract, the club announced on Thursday.

The Swede scored 28 goals for the Reds last season but a serious knee injury saw him sit out the end of the campaign and he was released in the summer..

However, after making a remarkable recovery, the Premier League giants have given the 35-year-old a new contract.

With Wayne Rooney leaving Old Trafford to rejoin Everton this summer, Ibrahimovic will take over his vacant No10 shirt.

Here's a look at the top 10 players to don the shirt in no particular order.

DENNIS VIOLLET | 1953-62

Dennis Viollet was one of the survivors of the tragic Munich air crash in February, 1958. He played a huge role in keeping the team going in the aftermath of the tragedy, scoring 32 goals in 36 appearances in the season following the crash.

Viollet was one of the first 'Busby Babes', making his debut in 1953 and went on to score 159 goals in 293 appearances for United.

GEORGE BEST | 1963-74

Everyone associates George Best with the iconic No7 shirt but he was also one of the clubs best players to wear the No10, just as he did the No11 and No8 on occasion.

Many consider the Irishman to be the best player to every play for United, some even think he was the best player of all-time, better than even Diego Maradona or Pele.

He scored 181 goals in 474 games for the Old Trafford outfit and humiliated many a defender in the process. His lifestyle choices cut his career at the club short but his legend lives on.

SIR BOBBY CHARLTON | 1956-73

Arguably the best United player of all-time in terms of longevity, success, ability and stature. Sir Bobby Charlton has been most linked with the No9 shirt but over a large period of his career, he played in the No10 and No8 shirts as well.

The World Cup winner scored 249 goals for United in 758 appearances, winning five major trophies with United.

TEDDY SHERINGHAM | 1997-2001

Teddy Sheringham was one of the most intelligent strikers in the game, so naturally he was brought in by Sir Alex Ferguson to help fill the Eric Cantona void in 1997.

He scored 46 goals in 145 games for United but it was his link-up play and creativity that set him apart. He also scored the famous late equaliser against Bayern Munich in Barcelona in the 1999 final, which United went on to win 2-1.

DAVID BECKHAM | 1992-2003

David Beckham is synonymous with the No7 shirt, but he briefly donned the No10 as well during his time at the club. In fact, he scored that famous goal against Wimbledon from the half-line while wearing the No10 shirt.

Beckham was part of the Class of 92' that achieved so much success at the club. He scored 84 goals in 394 games for the Red Devils with a few glorious free-kicks among them.

LOU MACARI | 1973-84

Lou Macari was an all-action player who signed from Celtic in 1973, famously turning down Liverpool. He went on to score 97 goals in 404 games over 12 seasons at the club.

He helped get the club promoted back to the first division in 1975 and went on to lift the FA Cup in 1977.

MARK HUGHES | 1980-86 & 1988-95

Speaking of all-action players, here was another in Mark Hughes. Nicknamed 'Sparky', Hughes was arguably United's most tenacious No10.

An aggressive striker who got about the pitch, was dominant in the air and scored some great goals, he scored 163 goals in 467 games split over two spells with the club.

RUUD VAN NISTELROOY | 2001-06

The Dutchman was a renowned goalscorer, going down as one of the club's most prolific with 150 goals in just 210 appearances.

He was the complete striker and burst onto the English football scene with 36 goals in 49 matches in his first season, winning the PFA Player of the Year award in the process.

WAYNE ROONEY | 2004-17

Despite coming under heavy criticism over various stages of his United career, Wayne Rooney will go down as a club legend. He wore the No8 shirt when he first arrived but moved on to No10 a few years later.

With 253 goals in 559 appearances, the former United captain is the club's all-time record goalscorer. His versatility, intelligence, explosiveness and work rate were among his best attributes as he won 16 major trophies at the club.

DENIS LAW | 1962-73

The Scot was the chief goalscorer in one of the best triumvirates in football that included Bobby Charlton and George Best. He scored an incredible 237 goals in 404 games for United.

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Romelu Lukaku’s superb start at Manchester United has made him one of the Premier League’s hottest picks in Fantasy Football.

But the Belgian is still overshadowed by a bargain newcomer to the league as armchair managers shuffle their pack in response to the season’s opening games.

HEGAZI’S HOT

Summer recruit Ahmed Hegazi has helped West Brom start with back-to-back clean sheets and, having also scored the winner against Bournemouth as well as collecting five bonus points from a maximum six on offer, he is the joint-highest points scorer through the first two weeks in premierleague.com’s official fantasy league.

His initial price of £4.5million has already risen by £200,000 as, for the second week in succession, more than seven per cent of the game’s managers added him to their squads.

Press Association Sport has combined data on each player’s overall selection percentage with how his popularity is changing over time to produce a “heat score” – ranging from 100 to -100 – and Hegazi’s rapid rise to appear in 17.9 per cent of teams gives him a league-high score of 52.58.

Lukaku was starting from a significantly higher base, having been picked by almost half of managers from the outset.

But after he began with two goals and three bonus points on his United debut against West Ham, and then scored against Swansea in a second successive 4-0 win, the striker now appears in 56.4 per cent of squads and has a heat score of 27.76, seventh in the league.

United are understandably well represented in the list – Paul Pogba, level with Hegazi on 23 points, is fourth in the heat index with team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan just behind him – and there may be no end in sight…

Ahmed El-Sayed Hegazi

UPCOMING FIXTURES

United’s relatively straightforward start on paper continues in their next three games, with Leicester at home and Stoke away before a slightly trickier test against an impressive Everton side fronted by ex-United striker Wayne Rooney – albeit at Old Trafford.

Simulations based on bookmakers’ odds average out to a projected points haul of 6.56 across those three games, the most in the league, while local rivals Manchester City also have a friendly run – trips to Bournemouth and Watford and a home game with Liverpool offer up an average of 6.43 points in the simulations. They then have Crystal Palace at home for good measure.

Harry Kane has been a high-priced disappointment in Tottenham’s first two games but they clock in third in terms of the easiest upcoming fixtures.

Everton’s players have held up well but their daunting start sees Chelsea and Spurs on the schedule before that trip to United – their 2.35 projected points in that run is the lowest in the Premier League, just behind Burnley.

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KANE’S COLD

Kane was the third-most popular initial selection behind Lukaku and Dele Alli, appearing in 34.2 per cent of squads – but two games without a goal, continuing his career-long record of not having scored a Premier League goal in the month of August, has seen him transferred out by four per cent of the game’s managers.

That has handed third place to United keeper David De Gea and leaves Kane with a heat score of -19.7, fifth-coldest in the league.

Crystal Palace’s injured winger Wilfried Zaha is chilliest of all at -48.4, followed by Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho as speculation continues of a move to Barcelona.

The injured Kieran Trippier and suspended Gary Cahill are the other names in the top five while some slightly surprising Bournemouth selections see Jermain Defoe and Charlie Daniels among the 10 coldest players.

Harry Kane

WHERE ARE THE BARGAINS?

Huddersfield. Press Association Sport groups players by price brackets and, in the second-cheapest bracket at each position, the Terriers have the top-scoring goalkeeper (Jonas Lossl), defender (Christopher Schindler) and midfielder – Aaron Mooy, their match-winner against Newcastle last time out.

Hegazi is an obvious candidate, while if you want to save money up front, the £5.5m Shinji Okazaki has scored in back-to-back Leicester games and youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5m) is thriving alongside Rooney at Everton.

Shinji Okazaki

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Alexis Sanchez is nearing an Arsenal return.

Arsene Wenger has revealed unsettled Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez could return to action in this weekend’s Premier League clash at Liverpool.

Sanchez has just one year remaining on his current Arsenal contract and is keen to leave the Emirates Stadium.

He could walk away for free at the end of this season if no new deal is agreed but, amid interest from Manchester City and Chelsea, Gunners boss Wenger has insisted Sanchez will not be sold.

Sanchez has missed Arsenal’s opening three games of the new campaign with an abdominal strain, but Wenger says the Chile forward is now ready to feature at Anfield on Sunday.

“Alexis has worked very hard to be back again and he is available,” Wenger said on Thursday.

“He works very hard, is focused and gives absolutely everything. He loves to play so much that it is sometimes difficult to stop him but he looks absolutely ready.

“He has not played for a long time so I will have to decide what I do with him but he looks ready to play.”

While other high-profile Premier League transfer targets have been left out of their respective sides at the start of the term, ahead of the August 31 deadline, Wenger is unconcerned about Sanchez having his head turned by a move.

“He has always been focused on his job, he loves to play football and I don’t think he is too disturbed by all the noises that happen,” he said.

“Players at that level are used to it now, some deal better with it than others but I don’t think he is too bothered by that.”

Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar during the window, potentially as a replacement for Sanchez if he were to depart.

But Wenger conceded on Thursday that the France international will not be making the move across the Channel as the Ligue 1 champions face losing some of their other title-winning stars.

“It’s dead because Monaco have closed the door,” he said.

“They are still on cases like (Kylian) Mbappe and Fabinho. They’ve already lost Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko, so Monaco are at a stage where they have closed the door.”

Wenger, who signed his own two-year renewal with Arsenal in May, has several players who, like Sanchez, have contracts that expire in 2018.

One of those is England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, also linked to Chelsea, but Wenger is adamant the 24-year-old remains a key member of his squad moving forward.

“We all have our agendas that are quite busy but we do not publish them. Some people look better informed than I am!” he said.

“I want him to stay and be one of the big players of the future of this club. He is one of the players this team has to be built around in the future.”

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