Matt Le Tissier: How Jose Mourinho is showing lack of faith in Man United duo
Matt Le Tissier believes Jose Mourinho's announcement about Zlatan Ibrahimovic shows lack of faith in young Man United striker
Matt Le Tissier believes Jose Mourinho’s decision to confirm Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s stay at Old Trafford highlights the manager’s lack of faith in Manchester United’s young strikers.
The 35-year-old has scored six times in 11 Premier League games since his free transfer to the Red Devils from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in the summer window.
Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have struggled to replicate their impressive 2015-16 performances under Mourinho’s predecessor Louis van Gaal so far this season.
The England striker has netted three times in nine top-flight appearances, while Martial’s impressive strike against Stoke City is his only Premier League goal so far this term.
Former Southampton midfielder Le Tissier attempted to shed light on the reasons behind Mourinho’s decision to announce that Ibrahimovic would be staying on at Old Trafford past the end of the season.
“I think it probably has a bit to do with not trusting the youngsters,” Le Tissier told Sky Sports.
“He wants to give them another year or so to let them grow.
“At most clubs I’d say that was stifling them but because of the pressure to succeed at Old Trafford you can maybe understand why he’s gone down that route.
“The pressure is there to be always competing for the title and European competitions, even if it’s not realistic right now, so he’s probably protecting the younger players from that a bit by keeping Zlatan around.”
Manchester United are in sixth place in the Premier League table and nine points behind leaders Chelsea.
The Red Devils will host West Ham United in their next Premier League fixture at Old Trafford.