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EPL 2016/17: Jose Mourinho given suggestion to Zlatan Ibrahimovic problem by Alan Shearer

1.57K   //    02 Nov 2016, 17:33 IST
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United
Zlatan has struggled for goals recently after a bright start to the campaign

Zlatan Ibrahimovic fired blanks again in Manchester United’s stalemate at home against Burnley in the last round of fixtures in the Premier League. The 20-time league champions failed to breakthrough The Clarets defence despite having 37 attempts on goal. 

Ibrahimovic, who arrived at Old Trafford from Paris Saint-Germain during the summer transfer window, missed two glorious opportunities to open the scoring. The 35-year-old hasn’t scored in his last 6 Premier league game and has found the back of the net only once in his last ten appearances for United.

Premier league legend, Alan Shearer believes that Ibrahimovic will come out of this poor run of form if Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho plays someone up front with him. He has identified Marcus Rashford as the ideal strike partner for the Swede. 

Also read: EPL 2016/17: Thierry Henry backs Zlatan Ibrahimovic to overcome dip in form 

“He looked better when Rashford went up front with him in the second-half. It added more pace to the game,” Shearer said after Manchester United’s game against Burnley.

“Ibrahimovic has never been blessed with great pace, but when you get to your thirties, you lose a yard of pace. Craig Bellamy came to help me at Newcastle with his pace.I feel as though that's what Manchester United need, to have him up front along with Rashford to ask more questions going in behind rather than facing up all the time.”

Ibrahimovic had the luxury of playing alongside Edinson Cavani last season at Paris Saint-Germain and the former scored 50 goals in 51 appearances for the reigning Ligue 1 champions. The Swedish striker is currently going through his worst run of form since he was with Inter Milan in 2007.

However, Ibrahimovic’s goalscoring slump is not the only cause of concern in the red half of Manchester. There are speculations over the future of club captain, Wayne Rooney and Armenian international, Henrikh Mkhitaryan who was signed from Borussia Dortmund in the summer. Also, world record signing, Paul Pogba is yet to find his best form for the club.

Alan Shearer also thinks that Jose Mourinho is having a tough time at Old Trafford and needs to find solutions to United’s problems really soon.

Also read: EPL 2016/17: Why Jose Mourinho needs to switch to 4-3-3

“He doesn't know his best XI yet," said Shearer. "He's playing around with the team and the formation as well. He's still trying to work it all out."

Manchester United are winless in their last four Premier League games and surrendered to an embarrassing 4-0 defeat at Chelsea a fortnight ago. United are now 8 points adrift of joint league leaders, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.

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