Former Manchester United player Paul Parker has revealed that he’s not convinced by talismanic forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic and has hinted that he believes offering him a new contract would be a mistake.
‘Ibra’, as we all know, reunited with Jose Mourinho over the summer, joining the Red Devils after seeing out his contract with reigning French champions Paris Saint-Germain. Although there were initial doubts surrounding the Sweden international’s suitability to the English game, the now 35-year-old has smashed a staggering 24 goals in 36 appearances across all competitions, while supplying six assists. This is some return and works out as him having made a telling contribution (either scoring or setting up a team-mate) every 101 minutes he’s been on the pitch.
The Sun have already claimed that the veteran forward may be offered a fresh deal that will see him extend his initial 12-month contract at Old Trafford for another year, but Parker, speaking exclusively to 888sport, has revealed that he’s not convinced the forward should be kept on, while he also thinks Ibrahimovic offers little more than the goals he scores:
“We have to look at where United are at the end of the season and ask if they have played the right kind of football.
“Yes Ibrahimovic’s goals have been very important but does he enhance the way the team plays?
“For me there are still negatives and when he scores he gets the headlines but when he doesn’t he’s not involved in enough play.
“When you keep reading about a new contract you wonder where that’s coming from?”
Read the full 888sport interview with Paul Parker, including his thoughts on Pogba’s lack of respect for his team-mates