Gary Neville has urged Jose Mourinho to give Zlatan Ibrahimovic a two-year deal to stay at Manchester United.
The Big Swede turns 36 in October and has silenced critics who doubted if he’d be able to cope with the intensity in England, scoring 26 goals across all competitions after signing on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain last summer.
Mourinho has publicly spoken about extending Ibrahimovic’s contract for at least another year, however, although Zlatan confirmed he was happy in England in a recent interview, he refused to rule out a move to Napoli.
Speaking about his Old Traffod future, Neville has said he would give Ibrahimovic a two-year deal.
“I’d say yes. Because of the professionalism, the training and his commitment to the club,” he said.
“I think United needed personalities and characters after what happened in the previous few seasons. A lot of United’s success has revolved around him.
“What I would say is, it will be impossible for him to play every single match in that period.
“There has to be a dip at some point. Ultimately, it’s how [Jose] Mourinho manages him over a two-year period because he wants to play every match.
“The reality is, I’m not quite sure that will be able to happen as he continues to get a little bit older.”
He claimed that he will analyse his game at the end of the season to determine if he’s able to perform at the best of his abilities before signing another contract at Old Trafford.
It’s the sort of mentality we need at the club as he looks to continue and work on his impressive start in England.