As things stand now, the chances of Manchester United making the UEFA Champions League cut next year look dim.
The former Sweden global has been in superb form since moving to Old Trafford on a free transfer in the summer, finally proving after many years that he can cut it in the Premier League.
Given his agent is Mino Raiola, it's no surprise that reports have emerged that Ibrahimovic is looking for the best deal possible irrespective of what may have been agreed previously, although it's added that he would prefer to stay at United and continue to try and win trophies with them. "The challenge to change the history of a club that already had a great history in the past", he said in an interview with Fox Sports Italia that was conducted by former AC Milan, Juventus and England boss Fabio Capello.
Ibrahimovic's presence has forced Marcus Rashford to take a back seat at United following his sensational breakout campaign under Louis van Gaal last season. "He works you so that when you are on the pitch, you give 200 percent, and this is what I needed at my age".
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'I could've gone to China and put my feet up, but I need a challenge that will motivate me.
The 35-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy in recent weeks. If you can't keep up with a certain rhythm here, then it's hard.
He missed the 1-0 defeat by Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday, and will be absent for United's next two Premier League games against Middlesbrough and West Brom.
Ibrahimovic and Guardiola find themselves in the Premier League, the striker at United and the manager at Manchester rivals City.