Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho should consider picking a starting XI without Zlatan Ibrahimovic in it to face Chelsea on Sunday, according to Stan Collymore.

The Red Devils travel to Stamford Bridge for the second examination of their Premier League title credentials in a week, after the Old Trafford outfit drew 0-0 with Liverpool on Monday night.

The clash with Antonio Conte’s men is made all the more significant due to Mourinho returning to face his former club, after being sacked by Roman Abramovich last season.

Ibrahimovic joined the Premier League side in the summer and started his tenure with the Red Devils by scoring in a number of consecutive games.

However, with the Swede largely ineffectual at Anfield and having not scored in the last couple of games, Collymore is stating that Mourinho should no afford the veteran an automatic spot in the United team.

“I now think it’s time for the Old Trafford chief to consider whether there is an alternative to Ibrahimovic,” he wrote in The Mirror.

“People are asking if the striker’s early-season enthusiasm has worn off and if Old Father Time is catching up with the Swedish great.

“Although the ex-Inter Milan star keeps himself in great nick, time waits for no man – and your name alone does not guarantee you a starting spot at a club such as Manchester United.

“He hasn’t got the legs to push his side up the pitch. And ­although Ibrahimovic has been a brilliant spearhead, I think that edge has been blunted by his advancing years.”

With Anthony Martial back available and Marcus Rashford raring to go, Mourinho has choices to make in his attack against Chelsea.


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