When a team like Watford are sitting higher in the table than Manchester United, something has to be fixed and fast. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has no goals in six Premier League starts for the Reds and deserves a place on the United bench until his form drastically changes.
Why is Ibrahimovic’s recent run of form going under the radar of the mainstream media? If Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa or Harry Kane had a barren run lasting close to two months, the national press would be outraged.
Ibrahimovic’s last league goal came when the Swede scored a consolation in United’s defeat to Manchester City. As United currently struggle to find goals at crucial moments, Mourinho needs to consider dropping his talisman and provide a chance for the more youthful members of his squad.
For example, why is Marcus Rashford is being used in a wider role up-front? The forward is being played out of position despite scoring the most goals for United in 2016. Surely at this stage, Ibrahimovic should be accommodating the England forward, and not the other way around.
It was just a few short weeks ago that Wayne Rooney was cast out and forced to watch from the bench as results were poor. Leaving Rooney out of the side has made little impact on results while keeping Zlatan in the team has produced even less of a positive impact on the Red Devils fortunes.
The top three in the Premier League have all registered a minimum of 23 goals whilst United have just 13. Seven of those goals were recorded in the opening four weeks of the campaign, and the remaining six have come since the derby defeat to City almost two months ago. Furthering highlight the necessity to drop the former PSG striker.
The Swede has registered a total of 42 shots on goal since last scoring in the derby on September 10th, which is more than any other Premier League striker has recorded all season.
During October, United scored just one league goal throughout the month. Anthony Martial’s strike against Stoke did at least help to earn a point in the end; his contribution was greater in ten minutes than Zlatan’s in nearly eight weeks.
What was Mourinho’s gratitude towards Martial? The striker was dropped once again for the out of form Swede in the very next game. It defies logic how the 34-year-old forward constantly maintains his starting position instead of one of the brightest forwards in European football.
Ibrahimovic’s ability is evident, but he should be chastised in a similar fashion to Rooney by the media and supporters alike, and not guaranteed his place in the team. Mourinho may be under pressure to deliver at Old Trafford, but a place on the bench for Zlatan should be considerd.
United’s desperation has witnessed them travel down this road before with Radamel Falcao. The Colombian’s name, and not his ability, ensured he played far more minutes than he deserved under Louis Van Gaal. More worrying at this present stage is that United bolster an exuberant set of attacking options more deserving of their place in the starting XI. If United intend to overcome their demons, dropping Zlatan Ibrahimovic is desperately required before they can consider planning for the future.