The men most likely to make way for Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic at Man Utd

The men most likely to make way for Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic at Man Utd

Manchester United have added Zlatan Ibrahimovic to their squad, with the charismatic Swede announcing the move on Instagram.

Reports are also suggesting that the Red Devils are close to bringing Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Old Trafford and this will surely boost the quality of the team, which will improve their chances of winning the Premier League and this is priced at 4/1.

Indeed, Ibrahimovic netted 50 times across all competitions for Paris Saint-Germain last term, while the Borussia Dortmund man provided 15 Bundesliga assists.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan looks set for a Man Utd move
Henrikh Mkhitaryan looks set for a Man Utd move

However, it’s not good news for everyone in the red half of Manchester and this will see some players find their positions under threat.

Here are the two players that will be in for a reduced role upon the arrival of Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan:

Juan Mata

The creative Armenian is likely to take Mata’s place in the squad, especially as he vastly outperformed the Spaniard in terms of assists last season.

In 38 Premier League appearances, the Spaniard only managed to set up one of his teammates on five occasions.

Mata’s position should be viewed as particularly precarious as new manager Jose Mourinho sold him when they were both at Chelsea.

The Portuguese manager appeared to believe that the midfielder didn’t do enough work defensively and it’s unlikely the two would be able to form a strong working relationship.

Memphis Depay

The winger didn’t impress during his first season at Old Trafford and it looks like his career with the Red Devils could be over.

He has already been linked with a move to Liverpool, while the two new signings push him further down the pecking order.

It’s unlikely he will be able to start now Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic have signed, with Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial proven to be ahead of him for starting out wide.

Depay only started 16 league games last term, despite costing the club £25m, and you can’t imagine that number increasing now that United have brought in such quality.