Arsenal legend: Why Man United need different leaders to Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Ian Wright examines Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a Manchester United leader

Ian Wright believes Jose Mourinho needs a different type of leader than Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his Manchester United squad.

The 35-year-old centre-forward has been in good form for the 20-time English champions in recent weeks after a return of seven goals in his last six games in all competitions ahead of their clash against Tottenham Hotspur.

Ibrahimovic moved to the Red Devils on a free transfer from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain in the summer transfer window after winning four successive French top-flight titles.

The towering striker captained Sweden at his last major tournament in the summer as his national team limped out of the European championship at the group stage.

While Wright admits Ibrahimovic does lead by example, the former Arsenal striker is adamant that Mourinho needs characters like Roy Keane or Paul Ince in his squad.

“He is a different kind of leader. He is a leader with the great things that he does on the pitch rather than Roy Keane being unbelievable on the pitch and in the dressing room,” Wright told The Sun Goals podcast.

“It was the same with Paul Ince. It was the same with Tony Adams. Those are the players you need who will go into the dressing room and eye ball you.”

Wayne Rooney is the current Manchester United captain but has endured a tough start to the 2016-17 season.

The Red Devils appointed Jose Mourinho as their new manager in May.

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