Manchester United’s capture of Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been labelled a “gamble” by former Arsenal and France legend Emmanuel Petit.
The French World Cup winner was able to monitor the striker during the outspoken Swede’s prolific time at Paris Saint-Germain.
Petit, however, who also knows the challenges of playing in England, isn’t sure how the 34-year-old talisman will cope with the constant physical grind of the Premier League.
United revealed earlier this week that Ibrahimovic had broken a club record when his power was being assessed by their conditioning coaches.
But Petit, who won the Premier League with Arsenal in 1998 and also featured for Chelsea, said: “Maybe Ibra can bring a different touch, but he’s not a player I was expecting at Manchester United to be honest.
“Maybe I’m mistaken – I don’t know. I think it’s a bit of a gamble.
“There is already an emblematic player (at United) who’s starting to drag his weight around the pitch a little bit – Wayne Rooney – in a very physical league, where it’s often box-to-box and where you really ask your forwards to have a physical dimension.”