Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney slated by Emmanuel Petit

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Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has criticised Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and the club's expected signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic. 

Petit, 45, claims that both players are already starting to drag their 'weight around the pitch a little bit' and has insisted that securing the services of Ibrahimovic is a 'gamble' for the Red Devils. 

Ibrahimovic may well be approaching the latter stages of his career, but he's still comfortably recognised as one of the best strikers in world football. 


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His statistics from last season only back up that notion, of course, after the Swede netted as many as 37 goals in Ligue 1. 

The striker is expected to sign a one-year deal with United imminently, but it's fair to say that Petit doesn't necessarily believe that he will set the world alight on English soil. He's also not sure whether United can afford to play him in the same team as their captain. 

Petit speaks out 

“Maybe Ibra can bring a different touch, but he’s not the player that I was expecting at Manchester United, to be honest,” said Petit, as per the Manchester Evening News.

“Maybe I’m mistaken – I don’t know. I think it’s a bit of a gamble.

“There’s already an emblematic player [at United] who’s starting to drag his weight around the pitch a little bit – Wayne Rooney – in a very physical league, where it’s often box-to-box and where you really ask your forwards to have a physical dimension.”

He has a point 

United fans certainly won't be worrying about Petit's comments too much at this stage, but the former Arsenal man may actually have a point. 

Ultimately, Ibrahimovic isn't exactly going to roam the pitch looking for the ball, while Rooney appears to be slowing down with every passing season. 

The England captain's struggles were there for all to see during his national side's Euro 2016 Round of 16 humbling against Iceland, but he will be determined to once again prove his credentials at Old Trafford. 

With Jose Mourinho now in charge, it will certainly be interesting to see how Rooney fits into his new-look team. It's surely unlikely that the Portuguese tactician will start with a front two of Ibrahimovic and the United skipper. 

Perhaps, though, with the youth and pace of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in the ranks, there could yet be a place for both players in his starting XI. 

Manchester United fans: do you think Rooney and Ibrahimovic will be able to play in the same side? Have your say below! 

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