Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring against FC Zorya in the Europa League.

Thierry Henry gives his thoughts on Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Published Add your comment

Thierry Henry believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic can be a huge asset to Manchester United providing the whole team improve their performances.

The former Arsenal striker-turned Sky Sports pundit believes the 35-year-old isn't getting enough support from his teammates who are struggling for cohesion under Jose Mourinho.

Ibrahimovic had a storming start to the season with five goals in his first five games, but he's suddenly seen his goals dry up with just one more strike in his next six.


Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article:

Article continues below

Henry knows a thing or two about goals, scoring 175 of them in the Premier League and 360 throughout his career and says that United need to play better in order to get the best out of Ibrahimovic.

"Zlatan is in a category now of a player where he needs the team to be good for him to perform," he told Sky Sports News.

Article continues below

"So when Man United are going to find a way of playing and a certain identity that they're looking for, then Zlatan will come like he did at Paris Saint-Germain.

"It's a different league, but if you put the ball in and around the box to him then he will score goals.

"He's done it all his career, but the team has to play better in order for him to score goals."


The Red Devils have only won once in their last four league games as Mourinho struggles to revive the fortunes of his side who sit six points behind neighbours Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

A win against Liverpool could propel United to fourth, leapfrogging their Monday night opponents in the process while easing some discontent around Old Trafford.


It would also drag them closer to City who have had a bit of a wobble going three games without a win in all competitions. 

Pep Guardiola is starting to find out that English football can be incredibly tricky and more challenging than he originally thought, with a Liverpool win potentially knocking City off their perch and further enhancing Jurgen Klopp's side's title credentials.


Zlatan and co. will be hoping to stop Klopp in his tracks, however, and the charismatic forward will aim to be back among the goals at Anfield.

And Henry doesn't think it's down to Ibrahimovic playing too further forward when questioned by fellow Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness if he should be deployed behind the main striker rather than leading the line.

"Zlatan will usually tell you what he thinks but not in a bad way," Henry said. "He's a team player and I know that people will tell me 'yeah but sometimes he doesn't chase'.

Manchester United v Leicester City - Premier League

"He's a team player. He'll do everything for the team to an extent. At Paris Saint-Germain for example he was dropping.

"That wasn't any problem because [Edinson] Cavani was going in behind and [Lucas] Moura was going in behind and finding himself in good situations.

"But I think that Zlatan can be a massive asset for [Manchester United]."

Do you think Zlatan will score against Liverpool this evening? Have your say below! 

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Thierry Henry
Wayne Rooney
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Paris Saint-Germain
Premier League
Manchester United
Ryan Giggs
Jose Mourinho

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again