Paddy Crerand pleased with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba link-up play

by Tanveer Arayan

Former Manchester United midfielder Paddy Crerand believes the link-up play of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba can help Jose Mourinho‘s side achieve great things this season.

They have both been brilliant since they were brought in at Old Trafford in the summer and their chemistry in the final third will only continue to develop moving forward.

No player has completed more through balls in the Premier League this season than Pogba, while Ibrahimovic has done a wonderful job of putting his chances in the back of the net.

Speaking about the duo, Crerand was full of praise for their fantastic understanding.

“Top class strikers like Zlatan have the ability to know where and when to make a run and they know there’s a good chance they’ll get found when you have someone like Pogba one the ball,” he said.

“Their combination play has been fantastic for us. We saw it for Zlatan’s goal at Zorya Luhansk and we saw it again for his goal in the victory at Crystal Palace.

“I don’t think the price tag around his neck means a thing to him; I think the boy just enjoys playing and there’s so much more to come.

“The more I see Ibrahimovic, the more it confirms about the quality of his football brain and how clever he is as a player.

“He must be a pleasure to play alongside, and he holds the ball up so well, too. I wish he was 25, not 35, but his standard of fitness is incredible – clearly he looks after himself very well. The manager knew exactly what he was getting by bringing a player like him in and 16 goals before Christmas is a fantastic return.”

Ibrahimovic has scored 12 goals in 17 league games, finding 11 goals in his last 10 games and is also second behind Pogba in chances created for United this campaign.

The big Swede has silenced his critics since his arrival at Old Trafford in the summer and there’s no doubt that he’ll continue to have a massive impact on and off the pitch.

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