The Swede, after scoring five goals in his first six games, has gone eight games without a goal.
Wright, on the other hand, was not so supportive of the 35-year-old.
“From the start of the season, the only thing keeping him in the team was the fact that he was scoring those goals,” he said.
“When you look at him, his all-round play has just not been good enough. His movement has not been great, I’m going to be totally honest, I’m not sure too many other teams would have signed him, even on a free.
“You look at the way Manchester City are playing, the way Chelsea are playing, Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs, all vibrant, teams with pace and exuberance.
“And you look at Man United, it’s slow, and he’s got a massive part to play in that. I’ve not seen Ibra play well for 10-15 games, and Man United need it especially the way they are playing.”
At the highest level, no team can realistically afford to carry passengers. There is, I suppose, the occasional exception to this rule. Take Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool as an example: Alberto Moreno’s performance against Arsenal was, by all accounts, dramatically substandard. Ditto Dejan Lovren. But with Liverpool’s attacking quartet in full flow, their ineptitude at the back didn’t prove to be detrimental.
But if your striker, the reference point of the side’s front-line, radically underperforms then that inertia permeates the entire side. A weapon is only dangerous if the blade is sharp, and the current figurehead of United’s attack – their blade, if you will – is about as threatening as a teaspoon.
With this in mind, Mourinho desperately needs to restore some potency to the mouthpiece of United’s attack if they are to address their ennui in front of goal this season.