Merson: This Man United star is no longer world-class

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has criticised Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his recent performances for Manchester United, stating the Swedish international has lost his world-class status.

Ibrahimovic signed for the Red Devils from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer over the summer and initially impressed at Old Trafford, but his performances have waned in recent weeks, and Merson, writing for Sky Sports, says he believes the striker is no longer capable of performing miracles.

“Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a world-class striker but he’s not anymore. He is 35 and playing in the hardest league in the world so as the season goes on, I can’t see him getting better.”

“Jose Mourinho will obviously stick with him despite his recent struggles and he should get a few opportunities against Burnley, who haven’t looked up to scratch away from Turf Moor.”

Four goals in nine league appearances may seem a decent record, but Ibrahimovic has not found the net in five matches, last scoring in the Manchester Derby defeat to Man City on September 10th.

With Ibrahimovic facing competition from the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, the veteran striker could do with a goal this weekend against struggling Burnley to rekindle his form and potentially push the Red Devils back into the title race.