Rio Ferdinand has asked Manchester United to be patient with midfielder Paul Pogba, believing he can improve.
The former Juventus midfielder joined United for a world record fee, but has been criticised for some of his performances this season.
On the other hand, Ibrahimovic has been exceptional for United and Ferdinand has said Pogba shouldn’t be expected to score more goals.
“Paul is being criticised but he’s had an OK season at Old Trafford,” the former England centre-back told The Sunday Times. “We’ve seen glimpses of what he can do. It’s now about him putting it together consistently, over 90 minutes and a whole campaign. I’m certain that will come.
“Pogba is hammered for not defending and not scoring enough. United didn’t buy him to be a defender or to score 30 goals a season. They bought him on his form for Juventus, where he had a loose, almost free role in a three-man midfield. United invested in a creative player, somebody to come in, make chances and be the dictator of the team.
“I’m confident he will get there. The team around him is still coming together. I see a progression. They’re playing football their supporters want to see, but Jose Mourinho knows there’s some shuffling of the pack and investing to be done, players to get out and others to bring in. Only after the next transfer window can we say this is a Mourinho squad.”