Date: 27th February 2017 at 12:16am
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Manchester United are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

Actually Garth is now down as a ‘Football Analyst’ these days, a posh term for a pundit then!

The performance by Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the three two victory over Southampton at the weekend at Wembley in the League Cup Final was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.

I think we’ll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we’ll also not argue with it, selected Ibrahimovic as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.

‘Ninety-two minutes into the game and he was still putting his body of the line for the team. His goals were brilliantly taken and he seems made for the big occasion. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the difference in the EFL Cup final between Manchester United and Southampton who, by the way, were also fantastic. However, what this victory signified was that a manager is nothing without his star players and a benevolent chairman, a fact that will not be lost on Claudio Ranieri this week. Manchester United have seriously benefited from bringing Ibrahimovic to Old Trafford. He has almost single-handedly injected a presence into the United set-up that has not been seen since the departure of Roy Keane. Nevertheless the reality is that Ibrahimovic is a football ‘senior citizen’ and cannot continue to punish himself like this indefinitely. At some stage Paul Pogba (who went AWOL again against the Saints) has to step up to the plate and start showing some true leadership, especially in the big games. Mourinho has no choice but to keep Ibrahimovic onside, at least until Pogba grows up.’

It’s always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Ibrahimovic for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course lifting the trophy.

Full Team:

Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion), Michael Keane (Burnley), Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Everton), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United), Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton).