Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes swipe at Man Utd legends Gary Neville and Paul Scholes

Ibrahimovic hit out (Picture: Getty Images)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic took a swipe at Manchester United legends Paul Scholes and Gary Neville for the manner in which they constantly criticise the club.

The Swedish striker enjoyed a fruitful spell at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho before heading to the MLS, winning the Europa League and League Cup while scoring 22 goals in a Manchester United shirt.

While Ibrahimovic enjoyed his time in the Premier League, he believes United are too focused on the past and lack an identity in the era post-Sir Alex Ferguson.

That dynamic is not helped, he believes, by the Class of ’92 – or as Ibrahimovic calls them the ‘Circle of Ferguson’ – continually attacking the club.

‘Everything that happens is judged by the era of Ferguson,’ he told the Mirror. ‘They are saying if Ferguson was here, this would not happen, Ferguson would not do it like that.

Scholes was especially critical (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)

‘Ferguson would do it like this. Everything was Ferguson.

‘Ferguson has his place in history at this club but now the club continues. It has to find its own identity and it is difficult.’

Scholes and Neville were prominent pundits during Mourinho’s ill-fated spell as Manchester United manager and regularly offered scathing criticism of those at the club.

‘They are not there any more,’ Ibrahimovic continued. ‘They are on TV and complaining all the time because they are not active in the club.

‘If you want to work in the club, go and search for work in the club.

Ibrahimovic defended Pogba  (Picture: Getty)

‘So you cannot be on TV and always complaining and criticising. Yeah, ok, you’ve had your time, we know it.

‘With Pogba, he was with United when he was young, then he went out and he came back.

‘And in the circle of Ferguson, they don’t like that. Because they stayed all their life under Ferguson and they never moved from Ferguson.

‘And they didn’t even talk if Ferguson didn’t tell them to open their mouth.

‘So now if they are talking, I don’t know whether Ferguson gave them permission or not.’


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