Paul Ince: Forget this Chelsea duo, Man United star deserves PFA award

Former Manchester United midfielder believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic merits the PFA player of the year award

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic Photo: Hublot

Paul Ince has suggested that Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic merits the PFA player of the year award ahead of Chelsea duo Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante.

The former Sweden international moved to the Premier League giants in a free transfer from Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain in the 2016 summer transfer window.

Ibrahimovic wasted no time in leaving his imprint on the English top flight with a return of 17 goals in 29 games in his first season in the Premier League.

Indeed, the giant Manchester United striker has scored four goals more than his Chelsea rival Eden Hazard in the 2016-17 Premier League campaign.

The Red Devils forward was named as one of six nominees to win the PFA player of the year award alongside Hazard, Kante, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.

Writing in his Paddy Power column about Ibrahimovic’s impact on the Manchester United side, Ince said:

“The rest of these guys have to step up and help the Swede, they shouldn’t have to rely on a 35-year-old to win games for them – even if he is as great as Zlatan.

“People go on about the likes of Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante, but when you take Ibrahimovic’s age into account it’s nothing short of phenomenal what he’s done since arriving on a free transfer – he could even win PFA Player of the Year.”

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Ibrahimovic has scored 28 goals in all competitions for Manchester United in the 2016-17 season.

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