Jamie Carragher believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return to action cannot come soon enough for Manchester United as Romelu Lukaku’s struggles in front of goal continue.
The Belgian striker, a £75m arrival over the summer, has not scored in his last six matches, with his last goal coming against Crystal Palace at the very end of September.
Despite his star man’s barren run, Jose Mourinho surprisingly blocked Lukaku from taking a penalty in the Champions League against Benfica, saying there was too much pressure on the spot kick.
And now Liverpool legend Carragher has suggested United will be desperate to get Ibrahimovic back in the side to start providing competition, and praised the Swede’s impact last season.
Asked about Ibrahimovic on Viasat Fotboll on Wednesday night, Carragher said: ‘They have Lukaku there now who has gone a few games without a goal, so maybe they need Zlatan now – right now!
‘He’s a fantastic player, character, I think we all love having him in the Premier League. His interview [with Thierry Henry on Sky Sports] was typical Zlatan. Very humble, very, very humble [laughs].
‘I think the whole Premier League wants to see Zlatan back and I think, if he’s fit, he will find a way to get back into the team because he’s that good a player and that big a personality.
‘We love the fact he’s come to the Premier League, he was a revelation last season. I think he was one of the best players in the league.
‘He won the [EFL] Cup final here [at Wembley] for Manchester United against Southampton, and I don’t think his story is finished in the Premier League.’
Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in all competitions prior to injuring his knee in April, and has been working hard since then to get back to full fitness, with United handing him a one-year extension despite being sidelined.
Published at Thu, 02 Nov 2017 10:07:30 +0000