The former Sweden international is United’s top scorer so far this season with 24 goals in 36 games in all competitions, but hasn’t quite done enough to win over Parker.
Despite his prolific record since arriving at Old Trafford, Ibrahimovic has fallen short of providing enough all-round quality to aid Jose Mourinho’s side, according to their former player.
Ibrahimovic initially signed a one-year deal upon joining United from Paris Saint-Germain, and Parker has questioned the suggestion that the 35-year-old could have that extended by another year.
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‘We have to look at where United are at the end of the season and ask if they have played the right kind of football,’ he told 888sport.
‘Yes Ibrahimovic’s goals have been very important but does he enhance the way the team plays? For me there are still negatives and when he scores he gets the headlines but when he doesn’t he’s not involved in enough play.
‘When you keep reading about a new contract you wonder where that’s coming from.’
Read the full 888sport interview with Paul Parker, including his thoughts United need to find a leader to take over captaincy from Rooney