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Manchester United Is Better Without Ibrahimovic - Paul Merson

Manchester United Is Better Without Ibrahimovic - Paul Merson

Manchester United Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a great year with Manchester United last season helping the Red Devils win two major trophies and the Community Shield also qualifying for the champion league this season.

As the old saying goes "one good turn deserves another", the Swede signs another year with the Red Devils but this doesn't go well with Paul Merson who believes Manchester United are better off without Zlatan.

Merson believes that the swede was too slow in the final third and that Lukaku will give Manchester United some speed.

"This man is a legend, I don't use that word loosely, he's an absolute legend, he's won titles in seven different countries, you don't do that by luck. But as time moves on now, Manchester United are a better team without him in it, and they've got a better chance of winning the Premier League without him.

"Don't get me wrong, I'm a massive fan of this lad over the years, I think he's been phenomenal.

"People said he was great last year, scored 28 goals, but Manchester United never looked like winning the Premier League last year.

"You look at them now, with him out of the team, you've got Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford going forward, you've got Henrikh Mkhitaryan putting balls through the eye of a needle. They're playing 100mph, and so far nobody can live with them.

"That wasn't them last season, they were too slow. Le Tiss and I have played No 10, and you need pace up front [in front of you], and if you haven't got pace, it's pointless playing a No 10, because there's not a lot you can do."

Lukaku has had a great start to the season, already bagging three goals but Merson feels that a little drop in form by the Belgian will see him replaced by the swede which will further kill his form and send him into hiding.

"Lukaku is top man now, you can see it on the pitch. That's going to change! He's got a big presence, Ibrahimovic, and he hasn't gone to United to sit on the bench.. 

"If Lukaku goes a couple games without scoring, the fans will be cheering Zlatan's name, and Lukaku could go into his shell, and we saw that last season in big football matches for Everton, he went into his shell.

"I don't think he's gone there to fizzle out and finish his career. When you watch them at the moment, United are a completely different side to last season. They break with real pace.

"Last season Zlatan was good, but nobody else was. That doesn't win you the Premier League, everybody has to be good. I just think he slowed the game down last season."
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