Sunday 23 October 2016

France World Cup winner calls Zlatan Ibrahimovic a 'cone' and claims Jose Mourinho has 'lost the plot'

Callum Davis

Published 20/09/2016 | 14:33

Christophe Dugarry has suggested Ibrahimovic is too slow for the Premier League
Christophe Dugarry has suggested Ibrahimovic is too slow for the Premier League

Manchester United's recent performances have come under fire from France World Cup winner, Christophe Dugarry.

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The former Birmingham and Barcelona striker now hosts a radio show in France and was scathing in his criticism of United manager Jose Mourinho and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the wake of their 3-1 defeat to Watford.

United find themselves 7th in the Premier League after suffering back-to-back defeats to local rivals Manchester City and away to Watford on Sunday.

Defeat to Feyenoord in the club's first Europa League game of the season means Mourinho has now  lost three successive competitive games for the first time since he was manager of Porto.

And Dugarry believes United's current slump is all down to the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager.

"I get the feeling Mourinho's last tactical success was that Champions League game between Inter Milan and Barcelona," said Dugarry.

"He's won titles since, but I think he's lost the plot. He believes he has become more important than the team.

"Tactically, I think he doesn't put anything in place. Apart from the players, who have changed, it's the same organisation as last season under Louis Van Gaal.

"He always blames the referee or their opponents' good fortune. There is no self-criticism," said Dugarry.

The 44-year-old reserved his most scathing criticism for Manchester United's summer signing, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The 34-year-old has made a strong start in the Premier League, scoring four goals in five appearances, however Dugarry is convinced the Swede is not suited to the Premier League.

“Ibra is a training cone,” said Dugarry.

“People talk about his stats, but he’s a cone. When you see Zlatan’s matches, it is not possible to do that. This is English football, which goes at 2,000 kilometres an hour.”

Manchester United will attempt to address their losing run in the EFL Cup against Northampton on Wednesday evening.

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