Former Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins believes that Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s scoring slump is due to lack of confidence.
The 35-year-old Swede joined United over the summer on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain. After a good start to his United career, Zlatan has gone six straight league games without scoring. Wilkins, who spent five years at the club in the late 70s and early 80s, believes it comes down to a lack of confidence from the striker.
“Zlatan looks like he’s suffering from a lack of confidence,” Wilkins told Sky Sports.
“He doesn’t look as if he’s very confident when he’s in on goal. There was a fantastic give-and-go that he did with Paul Pogba (against Burnley) and I thought if he’d just rip through the ball then he must score.
“But he didn’t. He tried to side-foot it and it went for a corner-kick. At the start of the season he was smashing those in.
“He scored 52 in 50 games last year. He’s a phenomenal centre-forward and I was delighted when United bought him.
“But the Premier League is not an easy division. We have seen the coaches saying it – even Pep Guardiola – that every game is different.
“At Old Trafford, against Burnley, United would be expected to take three points. They’ve dropped further behind the big boys and it’s a setback. It wasn’t the best result.”
Ibrahimovic has six goals in 15 appearances in all competitions this season. His last goal came in the 1-0 win over Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League group stage in late September.