Robbie Fowler doesn't think Zlatan Ibrahimovic is working hard enough

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's fast start to life at Manchester United had quietened many of the doubters who didn't think he could cut it in the Premier League.

But the Swede hasn't scored in England's top division since the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in the middle of September and you can bet that someone as prolific as Ibrahimovic will be itching to end his drought against Chelsea on Sunday.

The 35-year-old missed a golden opportunity to score in Monday's 0-0 draw with Liverpool and a former Premier League legend has been critiquing his performances of late.

Liverpool hero Robbie Fowler thinks Ibrahimovic's age is starting to catch up with him and he is having to adapt his game.

"Ibra is still a good player, don’t get me wrong, but he’s obviously not as good as he was and that is absolutely a natural occurrence," Fowler wrote in his column for The Mirror.

"It’s all part of getting older. You just become less dynamic, less ­threatening in the role at the sharp end, so you want to drift to find a bit of space."

"I’m not saying he’s coasting, or just playing out his time at Old Trafford now, but for me, he drops too deep for their style of play."

"Ibrahimovic doesn’t work hard enough for United’s system, and that can blunt them when they come up against decent sides like Liverpool."

Fowler's opinion is unlikely to go down well with United supporters and not just because he used to play for their bitter rivals from Merseyside.

But the fact the Red Devils rank the lowest in terms of distance covered per 90 minutes suggests it isn't just Ibrahimovic who isn't working hard enough.

The more likely explanation, however, is that is exactly the way Jose Mourinho wants his team to play.

The Portuguese boss was criticised for his negative setup against Liverpool but he has proven in the past just how effective his style can be.

And if Ibrahimovic had converted his header on Monday, the praise would have been poured on Mourinho for a 'tactical masterclass'.

Whether he will be bold enough to do it again against his old team on Sunday, we will find out soon enough.

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