Paul Scholes: Why Zlatan Ibrahimovic shouldn’t be Man United’s main striker

The Manchester United legend has his reservations about Zlatan Ibrahimovic being Jose Mourinho's first-choice striker

Paul Scholes has warned Jose Mourinho that Zlatan Ibrahimovic shouldn’t be Manchester United’s first-choice striker.

The Red Devils signed the 35-year-old striker on a free transfer from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in the summer transfer window.

Ibrahimovic scored four times in his opening three games as a Manchester United player but the Swedish man has struggled for consistency.

The towering striker has scored six times in 11 Premier League games before serving a one-game suspension for the 1-1 stalemate with Arsenal last weekend.

Ibrahimovic teed up Wayne Rooney for his opener in a 4-0 win against Feyenoord on Thursday night before the legendary striker’s effort was deflected into the net by Brad Jones for the home side’s third.

Speaking to BT Sport ahead of Manchester United’s 4-0 win against Feyenoord in the Europa League, Scholes doesn’t believe Ibrahimovic should be first choice despite. Jose Mourinho confirming the experienced striker will stay at Old Trafford until 2018.

“If, at 36 years of age, he’s going to be the main striker, then I don’t [agree with] that. We always had three or four brilliant centre-forwards,” Scholes said.

“If you’re talking about a 36-year-old, as special as he still is now, I don’t think he should be the main one.

“Marcus Rashford can take that role and should now be trying to learn from him as much as he can.”

Manchester United will host Slaven Bilic’s struggling West Ham United side at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

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Mourinho’s side are in sixth place in the Premier League table and 12 points adrift of leaders Chelsea.

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