Man United blasted by pundit about ‘ridiculous’ striker decision

Chris Sutton criticises Manchester United for reportedly paying Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal bonuses this season

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Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic Photo: Hublot

Chris Sutton has criticised Manchester United over their reported decision to pay Zlatan Ibrahimovic a goal bonus this season.

It has been claimed that Ibrahimovic has earned a staggering £2.86m in goal bonuses since his arrival at Old Trafford from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer last summer.

The 35-year-old striker has been one of Manchester United’s top performing players this season and has scored 28 goals in all competitions, while also notching up eight assists for his team-mates.

The veteran forward is currently sidelined with a knee injury but Sutton was less than impressed to learn about the reports of a huge goal bonus for the Swede.

Sutton told the Daily Mail: “You might assume any centre forward would think a goal bonus is a good idea. I don’t.

“In fact, I think it is utterly ridiculous that Manchester United are prepared to pay so much money to Zlatan Ibrahimovic for doing the job he is already paid to do.

“What a player he is. He deserves the big wages, but the bonus system can’t be a good idea.

“He’s a striker, he’s paid a fortune so why are we paying him again for doing his job? It’s like paying a gardener extra for the number of roses that bloom.

“Scoring goals is the point of your business. It cannot help with team morale, either, if one player can earn so much money for doing his job.

“Is there resentment that he takes the penalties or the free kicks?

“Now I think back, is it any wonder he was taking every opportunity to shoot and has played in so many games?”

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Manchester United are aiming to book their place in the Europa League final on Thursday night when they take on Celta Vigo at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils won the first leg of their semi-final clash 1-0 in Spain last week.

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