Teddy Sheringham feels the 35-year-old striker remains one of the world’s top frontmen and sets a standard the likes of Harry Kane should be trying to reach.
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains “at the top of his game” in the eyes of former Red Devils forward Teddy Sheringham.
In the opinion of the ex-England international, the powerful Swede is “the finished article” when it comes to fearsome frontmen.
He has displayed a level of consistency throughout a distinguished career that separates the great from the good, with goals and major silverware having followed him wherever he has gone.
Those talents have now arrived at Old Trafford, with Ibrahimovic having burst back into form over recent weeks after enduring an uncharacteristic wobble.
He has found the target five times in his last four appearances and now has 13 for the season in all competitions.
The 35-year-old will be hoping to add to that tally against Tottenham on Sunday, and a man who represented both clubs during his playing days thinks Ibrahimovic continues to set the standard that the likes of Harry Kane are trying to reach.
Sheringham told The Sun: “Zlatan is the finished article, where Harry would like to be in ten years’ time.
“Zlatan has won major honours all around the world, he knows his game inside out, he knows what he can and he can’t do.
“You have seen in his games he is not waning at all.
“He might not go on forever but at this moment he is still at the top of his game.”
He added: “Sometimes the best thing to do is to stand still on a pitch and let everything else go on around you.
“You create your own space with everybody else haring about. That’s what Zlatan does very well.
“Kane studies other people in the way he plays. I think he can look from afar at Zlatan and how he conducts himself.”
Kane has also been in impressive form over recent weeks, with seven goals plundered in six appearances since returning from injury in a north London derby date with Arsenal on November 6.
He has, however, never netted against Manchester United, with the Red Devils having successfully contained him in previous meetings with Spurs.