United are on the brink of sending a second forward of the window to Inter Milan with Alexis Sanchez having followed Romelu Lukaku to Serie A.
They did spend almost £100million on three players this summer but two were defenders – Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka – while the other Daniel James is a wide player with a limited scoring record.
Former United midfielder Ince is worried about their lack of goals up front and believes that Ibrahimovic, who joked he would be open to a return to Old Trafford earlier this week, could actually be an ideal signing.
‘From what we’ve seen so far, United do look better going forward. But they aren’t clinical enough, look at the attempts they had last week,’ Ince told Paddy Power.
‘They need a goalscorer, a Harry Kane or a Sergio Aguero. Someone that scores goals for fun, makes it look easy.
‘Yes, they’ve got Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford who will create something, but will they score you 25 or 30 goals a season? No.
‘I’ve watched him in the MLS a few times and his record is phenomenal. He doesn’t run around much, he kind of stands about, but when that ball comes to him in the box – or outside of it – he will score goals.
‘If he returned to Old Trafford, bear in mind his goalscoring record when he was there for the season, I’m not saying he should start every game, but if you look at games like Wolves or Palace where United were struggling to find the net, he’d probably resolve that in 15 or 20 minutes.
‘You can guarantee he will come on and provide a bit of magic, set someone up or score – United don’t have that with anyone else.’
One other focus of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign at United has been to promote youth having signed to 21-year-olds over the summer and given the likes of Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes the chance to impress in the first-team squad.
But Ince is worried that the group could now feel bottom-heavy and that Ibrahimovic would help fill that leadership vacuum.
‘He’ll bring some presence back to the dressing room, he’ll bring some control there too, like the likes of Bryan Robson or Rio Ferdinand did,’ Ince added.
‘He’s that kind of character, when he was there he controlled the dressing room, and there’s a lot of young players in there, Rashford, James etc, who are all young lads who need guidance.
‘They need someone like Zlatan, not just from the goals point of view but from the changing room point of view, someone to learn from.
‘He ticks all the boxes. It’s a no-brainer to me if Ole and him both want to do it. Though he’d probably bring the average age up a lot in the team!’