Ibrahimovic: Solskjaer must build Man United team around these two players

Former Man United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford are the future of the Red Devils

Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford (Photo: Tag Heuer)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to build his Manchester United team around Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford.

The Red Devils have turned a corner under Solskjaer after the Norwegian coach took over the reins from Jose Mourinho back in December.

Manchester United managed to set up a Champions League quarter-final meeting with FC Barcelona next month after a 3-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain sealed a narrow victory in the round of 16.

Solskjaer has been able to rekindle the form of both Pogba and Rashford after the Manchester United duo struggled under his predecessor Mourinho.

Pogba has scored 11 goals and has made nine assists in 27 Premier League games this season to produce his best return since his club record move to Old Trafford.

The interim Manchester United manager has given Rashford a chance to thrive in a central striking role – and the move has paid dividends with a return of eight goals and two assists.

And former Red Devils striker Ibrahimovic believes that Pogba and Rashford hold the key to Manchester United’s future.

“I think Paul Pogba has the potential to be the best player in the world in his position,” Ibrahimovic told the Daily Mirror.

“He is a good guy, he trains hard, he listens, he wants to become better, he wants to win. He want to perform in every game.

“Things happening outside do not really bother him because when you are at that level, everyone will speak. Positive, negative, in between, everybody.

“Rashford is the future of Manchester United . In the beginning, I saw him more as an individual – now he is playing more for the collective. He is using his quality more for the team, not for himself only.

“He has big potential and a big future with United and the special thing is that he comes from the academy. I think he has no limits.”

Manchester United have lost their last two games in all competitions after a 2-0 loss to Arsenal in the Premier League was followed by a 2-1 defeat by Wolves in the FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday.

The Red Devils haven’t won the Champions League or the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.

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