Higginbotham wrote for The Sun: "John Stones has had a great start to his Manchester City career, putting Everton behind him and beginning the World Cup campaign as England's first-choice centre-back.
"But he has not gone up against anybody with the real physicality Zlatan Ibrahimovic will bring on to the pitch at Old Trafford.
"And that is why today represents the biggest test Stones has faced so far.
"If you look at the average positions of the United players in their game at Bournemouth, you will see how deep Zlatan was. That is going to be the problem for Stones to deal with."