Former Man United defender full of praise for influential Ibrahimovic

Sky Sports pundit Phil Neville says Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has “carried” the team this season after he scored one and assisted another in their 3-0 win against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

The 35-year-old has now netted 17 Premier League goals this term and they have helped his side stay just four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City as they look to qualify for the Champions League.

His opener was typically brilliant as he held off Billy Jones on the edge of the penalty area, before swivelling and sending a curling effort into the far corner past the outstretched arms of Jordan Pickford.

Ibrahimovic then assisted substitute Marcus Rashford late on with a well-timed pass, and he has impressed former Red Devils star Neville.

Following the victory, he told Sky Sports: “He has carried them, he really has.

“The goals he has scored, his attitude on the pitch. Jose keeps rotating the team, but he never rotates Zlatan, who plays in every single minute of every single game.

“They will need him to keep scoring goals from now until the end of the season.”

The Swede has already influenced Jose Mourinho’s men to EFL Cup success after scoring twice in the final against Southampton in February, and he will be looking to help them progress to the next stage of the Europa League when they face Anderlecht in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

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