Legendary Swedish footballer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hit out at Manchester United’s famed Class of ’92, advising them to stop criticising the club’s on-field issues as they have already had their time to shine.
Concise News reports that the famed group of United legends, which include David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes, helped lead the club to new heights, winning a number of trophies under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Even after their departures, the group is still very much associated with the club, with some of them routinely analysing the team in their role as pundits.
But an ex-United man himself, Ibrahimovic says the former players need to stop comparing their successes to the club’s current standing and instead be focusing on how they can help if they are so interested in restoring glory to Manchester United.
“They are not there any more. They are on TV and complaining all the time because they are not active in the club,” Ibrahimovic tells the Daily Mirror.
“If you want to work in the club, go and search for work in the club.
“So you cannot be on TV and always complaining and criticising. Yeah, okay, you’ve had your time, we know it.”
The Swede, who was with the club from 2016 to 2018, went on to opine that even those outside of the club should stop comparing the team to Ferguson’s old standards and should be more realistic about the current team.
Ibrahimovic scored 17 goals in 28 games for the Old Trafford club under the guidance of then-manager Jose Mourinho, before leaving to join MLS side, LA Galaxy in March 2018.
Mourinho was sacked in nine months later, becoming the third full-time head coach to be axed since Sir Alex’s 27-year tenure ended in May 2013.
David Moyes and Louis van Gaal also failed to live up to the lofty expectations set by Ferguson, who won 13 Premier League trophies, five FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions League trophies during his time at the helm.
Since Ferguson’s exit, Manchester United have won one FA Cup, one League Cup and the Europa League, although interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has impressed since taking over from Jose.
And Ibrahimovic has urged United to put the Ferguson era behind them by plotting their own path to glory.
“Everything that happens is judged by the era of Ferguson. They are saying if Ferguson was here, this would not happen, Ferguson would not do it like that,” he adds.
“Ferguson would do it like this. Everything was Ferguson.
“If it was me, I would say I don’t have Ferguson any more. And I come here and I want to make my own history, I want to make my own story.
“So I do not want to hear what happened before. I want to do it in the present. You come in with a new mentality.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Ryan Giggs has hit back at Ibrahimovic after the Swede criticised the Class of ’92 over their complaints about Manchester United, joking “obviously he knows more about the club than us”.
Ibrahimovic suggested the Class of ’92 should seek work at United rather than promoting negative views about the club, but Giggs, who was a coach at United under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, feels differently.
“When you play over 2,000 games for Manchester United between us, we can have an opinion,” Wales manager Giggs says ahead of Wednesday’s friendly against Trinidad and Tobago.
“Sometimes positive, sometimes negative but I don’t think that has any bearings on results. We are supporters of the club, together with other ex-players who are on TV or on the radio.
“That’s what football is about, having different opinions. But obviously, he knows more about the club than us.”