Gary Neville: Why Man United still need Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Manchester United legend believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic does have a future at Old Trafford beyond the summer

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic Photo: Hublot

Gary Neville believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic still has a future at Manchester United beyond the summer transfer window.

The former Sweden international has contributed 17 goals in 28 games in his first season in the Premier League.

However, Ibrahimovic was left on the bench on Sunday afternoon when Premier League leaders Chelsea made the trip to Old Trafford.

Manchester United had no problems in the absence of Ibrahimovic as Marcus Rashford broke the deadlock in the seventh minute.

Indeed, the England international was widely praised for adding a new dimension to Jose Mourinho’s team after being switch to a central role.

Ibrahimovic’s current contract is set to expire at the end of the 2016-17 season with reports suggesting a potential move to Major League Soccer could be on the cards.

Speaking to Monday Night Football about Ibrahimovic’s future at Manchester United, Neville said:

“Would Zlatan have done to Chelsea what Rashford did? Absolutely no chance. But would Rashford have done in that EFL Cup final what Zalatan did? Probably no chance, it would be very difficult.

“There’s still a place for Zlatan. I used to like being part of a squad that had four strikers. Actually you had a Zlatan, you might have had a Chicharito to come on and you had a Rashford.

“Why can’t you have three or four strikers and pick from a pool? It’s not like Zlatan plays or nothing. On Sunday he looked delighted when the team scored and he worked when he came on.

“I don’t see why it has to be an either or, they can play together potentially.”

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Ibrahimovic moved to Manchester United in a free transfer from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain in the 2016 summer transfer window.

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