Gordon McQueen: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not good enough to play at Manchester United

Gordon McQueen: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not good enough to play at Manchester United

Former Manchester United defender Gordon McQueen believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic does not fit in at Old Trafford.

Despite a quick fire start to his Man United career, the Swede has struggled in front of goal in recent times, managing only six goals so far across all competitions.

While many might have expected Ibrahimovic to take English football by storm after building up his name as one of the most prolific strikers around the world last season.

McQueen feels at 35, the Super Swede lacks the pace and power to cope with the Premier League.

“Ibrahimovic has done nothing so far and looks very poor. He looks like an old man playing football,” he said.

“He might have got 50-odd goals in France last season, but it’s an inferior league to the Premier League and he is proving it this season.

“There is nothing like our league for pace and intensity, and he is finding it out the hard way.

“Of course, it would help if he got some good crosses from the wings, but he’s not making the most of the chances he does get and doesn’t seem able to find that yard of space where it really counts.

“It is not a lack of effort, I wouldn’t accuse any Manchester United of that, I just think he is not good enough, it’s as simple as that.

“There is no chance of him getting 30 goals this season. He will do well to reach double figures the way things are going.

“He scored a few at the start of the season, but it’s gone quiet for him and he isn’t able to bully Premier League defences as he could in France and elsewhere.”

Though the striker has been below par in recent weeks and has missed chances which he ought to put away, Ibrahimovic’s poor form is partly due to United being poor in general.

What the 35-year-old lacks in pace, he makes up for it in technique and despite his recent goal draught, the United No.9 continues to be a threat, as Manchester City found out in the derby.

While it would be naive to expect Ibrahimovic to replicate similar form during his stay in France, the Swede can still be a handful for any opposition in the Premier League and has proven he has only improved as he has aged.

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