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Everybody knew when Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirmed his move to Manchester United, special things were about to happen. And yes, Zlatan confirmed he was going to United. United didn't confirm Zlatan.
Anyway, the big Swede had a phenomenal season, bagging 28 goals (17 in the league) for the Red Devils in all competitions. He arguably singlehandedly won Mourinho a cup final and the Community Shield and also had a good Europa League campaign and played a large part in their success, which inevitably allowed them to return to Europe's most coveted club competition. He seemed to be scoring left-and-right, but he had one downfall. Contrary to his reputation as an extremely clinical forward, Zlatan had a problem putting away the chances that most would assume he would. He'd go down the pitch, miss 3 'sitters', but regardless he'd still bag a brace by full-time.
As previously stated, the man had a great season with good numbers, too. But in the end, his downfall was his inability to convert easy opportunities. According to Opta, Ibrahimovic missed 18 "big chances" in the Premier League. This number exceeds the number of league goals he scored, altogether. A certain 24 year-old Spanish lad might be the answer to this problem for United. His name is Alvaro Morata. Goal.com reports that United's most recent bid for Morata was rejected, however, other sources claim he is adamant that he wants to sign for Manchester United.
Earlier reports from Spain claimed that his move would announced by the time of writing this article, so it's hard to find the truth amid all these rumors. However, one thing is clear: Jose Mourinho wants Morata in a United shirt. Sky Sports and the Manchester Evening News have been reporting for months that Mourinho is keen on signing the forward and it makes sense, too. In 2010, while at Madrid, Mourinho handed Alvaro his debut. The player has worked with the manager before and even publicly praised him. It's simple: they are both fond of each other.
Last season, current Real manager Zinedine Zidane seemed to favor Karim Benzema over Morata, but that didn't stop him from scoring 19 goals in all competitions, as a second choice striker. He averaged slightly over a goal per 90 minutes (compared to Ibra's 0.63 goals per 90) and had better shot accuracy than Zlatan, too (63% VS 55%).
Although, most would agree that Spain's La Liga is generally not as competitive as the Premier League, Morata still seems to fit Mourinho's bill. He's still young and has the potential to become an Old Trafford staple for years to come. With more playing time and some good coaching, Morata could become a force to be reckoned with. He offers more promise and pace than Zlatan and still manages to replicate his height and physicality to a degree. So Alvaro, if you come to the Theatre of Dreams, I and millions others will welcome you with open arms.
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