Paul Ince: Manchester United’s over-reliance on Zlatan Ibrahimovic is worrying

by Tanveer Arayan

Paul Ince insists Manchester United’s over-reliance on Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been worrying this season.

The big Swede arrived at Old Trafford following a free transfer from Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint-Germain in the summer transfer window.

He has since silenced all of his critics who believed he wouldn’t be able to deal with the intensity of football in England, scoring 17 goals and five assists in 27 games in the English top flight.

Speaking about Man United, Ince believes others in the team must step up and help score goals.

“Zlatan has been utterly outstanding, if you look at the goals he’s scored and took those away from United it would be interesting to see how far off the top sides they’d be,” he said.

“I’m sure he loves all the pressure of being the main man at United – that’s why Ibrahimovic is such a great player – but it’s not good that the club are so dependent on him.

“You look at the likes of ‎Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford – even though he’s young – they’re all attacking players, but they’re not contributing their quota of goals. Sometimes you watch them play and think to yourself ‘if Zlatan doesn’t score, who will?”

He’s scored 11 times in the other competitions this season and is one of six nominees for the PFA Premier League player of the year award.

Ibrahimovic has smashed expectations and performed better than many had even anticipated and hopes are he can continue his impressive form as United hope to get back into the Champions League.

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