Paul Scholes has questioned Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s role at Manchester United as the Swede enters the latter stages of his career.
Jose Mourinho confirmed earlier in the week that Man United will chose the option to extend his contract for a second year following his impressive start in England.
He is Man United’s top goal scorer, but endured a drought of one goal in 10 matches until his brace against Swansea City in the Premier League last week.
Speaking about the situation, Scholes claims Marcus Rashford could have more to offer up front.
“He’s an athlete and a fit lad,” he said. “I think he’ll be good to have around the place. He’ll be good for someone like Rashford to learn from.
“If at 36 years of age he’s going to be the main striker then I don’t see that.
“When this club has been successful, when I was playing, when Michael [Owen] was playing, we always had three or four brilliant centre forwards. If you’re talking about a 36-year-old, as special as he’s been over his career, as special as he is now, I don’t think he should be the main one.
“Marcus can take that role. I’m not sure he’s ready for that role yet but there has to be a point where Marcus says ‘Right, I’m after your place, we’re direct rivals. I want your place’.”
Ibrahimovic has only improved as he’s aged and the statistics prove this, but at 36, there are doubts over whether he’ll be able to cope with the high intensity of football in England.
Easing Rashford into play, as Scholes suggests, will give Ibrahimovic the perfect balance while Rashford picks up vital game time before he could potentially become our No.1 striker.