Zlatan Ibrahimovic has the chance to join Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes as a Man United legend

A 35-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic is close to agreeing a return to Manchester United, according to recent reports.

The Swede has already silenced the many doubters who said he was too old for the Premier League, but coming back from a serious injury at the age of 35 and succeeding for United will top last season's exploits, when he was the club's top-scorer.

Ibrahimovic is already a member of a select group of players to have donned United colours past the age of 35, and only a handful of them can be deemed to have succeeded at the club after that age.

The former AC Milan, Barcelona, and PSG player has already won one trophy after his 35th birthday, although he was on the sidelines for the Europa League final having been injured in the quarter-final second leg against Anderlecht.

However, if he can add to his trophy count, not to mention his goals tally, he would rival club legends like Ryan Giggs and Edwin Van der Sar in excelling for United after turning 35.

Check out the other players who had successful careers for United past the age of 35 in our gallery above.

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Ex-Man United striker Wayne Rooney trolls Man City with social media post

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Wayne Rooney continues to torment the blue half of Manchester despite Everton move.

He may have left Manchester United but Wayne Rooney continues to push the buttons of Manchester City fans – both on the pitch and online.

Rooney’s first competitive return to Manchester since re-joining Everton from United over the summer saw the England striker score the opening goal against City at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night.

The 31-year-old was understandably delighted with the goal and celebrated by running in front of the City fans whilst cupping both his ears.

But not only was Rooney – who became United’s record goalscorer during 13 seasons at Old Trafford – content to torment his former adversaries on the field, but he then trolled them on Twitter afterwards as well.

Accompanying a picture of him celebrating in front of scores of clearly unimpressed City fans, Rooney quipped: “Always nice to see a few familiar faces.”

Rooney’s 35th-minute goal at the Etihad was his second in the Premier League since returning to boyhood club Everton, and in the process saw him become only the second player after Alan Shearer to reach the 200-goal milestone in the division.

However, it was not to be the match-winner with Raheem Sterling – the former Liverpool player – netting an 82nd-minute equaliser for City.

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Jesus struggles as Rooney scores 200th Premier League goal

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Raheem Sterling came on to score an 82nd-minute equaliser as 10-man Manchester City rescued a 1-1 draw against Everton in their opening Premier League home game on Monday.

Wayne Rooney put Everton ahead with his 200th Premier League goal before City home debutant Kyle Walker was contentiously shown a second yellow card following a collision with Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Sterling, a half-time substitute, rewarded heavy City pressure by slamming in a late equaliser and Everton also finished with 10 men after Morgan Schneiderlin, too, was given a debatable second caution.

Here, we analyse the performance of two key protagonists, Jesus and Rooney.

BASIC STATS



JESUS


Goals - 0
Shots - 2
Shots on target - 1
Touches – 39
Key passes – 0
Dribbles - 2
Dispossessed - 1
Aerials won - 0

ROONEY


Goals - 1
Shots - 3
Shots on target - 2
Touches - 49
Key passes - 2
Dribbles - 0
Dispossessed - 2
Aerials won - 2

EFFECTIVENESS


JESUS


Showed nifty footwork in possession but failed to engineer any sort of breakthrough for the home side.
Lacked space around the final third with Leroy Sane playing a similar role on the left.
He was substituted at half-time for Sterling as Guardiola opted for more pace in attack.
His talent is obvious but he made little impact this evening.

ROONEY


Not the force of nature he was at Goodison Park back in 2004 but still looks a menacing presence.
He pushed deeper on several occasions to leave space for Davy Klaassen and the elusive Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and showed eagerness to get on the ball at every opportunity.
His finished his goal superbly but his workrate was mixed.
It was his sixth goal in 11 appearances at the Etihad Stadium – and his second consecutive goal for the Toffees this season.

KEY MOMENTS


JESUS


12th minute (SHOT) – A left flank corner from Kevin de Bruyne is cleared and the ball falls to Jesus who blazes a powerful effort over the bar from 25 metres.
42nd min (SHOT) – A period of sustained pressure from Man City ends with Jesus shooting straight at Jordan Pickford after a cleverly weighed cross from Sergio Aguero. Poor defending from the away side, but they get away with it.

ROONEY


36th min (GOAL) -  Had done little up until this point but silenced the Etihad Stadium crowd with a superb goal. He pounced on to Calvert-Lewin’s right wing cross to slip the ball under the legs of Ederson to give the Toffees the lead.
42nd minute – Gave away possession around the middle and de Bruyne skipped through unopposed to feed Aguero, with Jesus shooting straight at Pickford.
64th minute – Showed intelligence and creativity to spray a well-measured ball into the path of the unmarked Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the right, but his low cross was saved by Ederson.
89th minute - He was substituted for Muhamed Besic.

VERDICT


JESUS


Jesus failed to provide any spark for Manchester City and looked lost when operating in attack.
Questionable if he can hold the line on his own as he keeps drifting to the left when playing alongside Sane.
If Pep wants to get the best out of the young Brazilian, he should opt for Bernardo Silva instead of Sane and put Jesus more in the final third.

5/10


ROONEY


The records just keep piling up for Rooney, joining Alan Shearer in an exclusive club with 200 Premier League goals.
He will be a vital cog for Ronald Koeman's men as the season progresses.

7.5/10



All statistics are compiled using whoscored.com.



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