Zlatan Ibrahimovic doesn’t do normal.
Jose Mourinho is set to offer the enigmatic Swede a unique role at Man United in a bid to secure his long-term services.
The 35-year-old is still out of action with a serious knee injury he suffered in the Europa League but is wanted by many clubs around the world.
The Independent claim the Portuguese boss is ready to offer Zlatan a new playing contract with a view to him seamlessly taking up a long-term post-playing role on the coaching staff.
The 35-year-old is already well ahead of schedule in terms of recovery and may well return to the pitch in the next few months.
But Mourinho sees potential for Zlatan to influence the club in greater ways than just providing goals.
Last season his experience and charisma helped the younger players develop and Mourinho wants a similar thing to happen for the next crop of youngsters coming through.
Even though United looked ruthless in attack against meek West Ham on Sunday, Ibrahimovic’s return to the squad is still high on the agenda.
Mourinho said: “We are discussing the possibility of him to stay with us.
“It was very clear from him that what he did last year was not enough for him.
“He wants more football at the highest level so we are having conversations and discussing the possibility of him staying for the second part of the season.”
A few more months of magic then years of guidance — that’s the plan.