Pundit: Why this Man United player outshone Romelu Lukaku, Son Heung-min

The former Tottenham forward heaps praise on Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his performance at Sunderland

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic Photo: Hublot

Garth Crooks has hailed Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the Premier League’s standout striker last weekend.

The former Sweden international returned to the Manchester United side from suspension after Ibrahimovic netted a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Everton on Wednesday night.

Ibrahimovic continued in a lone striker role for Manchester United’s trip to the Stadium of Light on Sunday afternoon and unsurprisingly, the Swede got on the score sheet.

The 35-year-old broke the deadlock in the first half before goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford sealed three points for the Red Devils.

Ibrahimovic has now scored 17 times in 27 games in his first season in the Premier League following a free transfer from Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain.

Speaking to BBC Sport about the Manchester United striker, Crooks said:

“There have been some notable performances this week, from strikers in particular, who would have, under normal circumstances, made my team of the week.

“However, this wasn’t a normal week. Romelu Lukaku and Son Heung-min scored twice for Everton and Tottenham respectively, but it was Zlatan Ibrahimovic who impressed me the most.

“Playing up front on your own is always a task but it never seems to bother the Manchester United striker. Against a Sunderland side sporting 11 men at the time, the Swede produced a goal out of nothing. He set up Marcus Rashford’s goal and you can see how his team-mates respond to his presence.”

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Ibrahimovic has now found the net 28 times in all competitions in the 2016-17 season.

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