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​Former Arsenal midfielder Kallstrom: Ibra made Rooney into an afterthought at Man Utd

Zlatan Ibrahimovic turned Wayne Rooney into a 'parenthesis', according to Kim Kallstrom.

Ibrahimovic, 35, starred in his debut season for United, scoring 28 goals across all competitions.

Conversely, Rooney played a far less significant role for Manchester United, spending the majority of his time of the bench.

And Kallstrom believes his ex-Sweden teammate was the partially to blame for Rooney's troubles.

"It is clear, he [Ibrahimovic] is a huge star," Kallstrom told Cafe.se.

"He can go to Manchester United as a 34 or 35-year-old and instantly become the central figure.

"No disrespect to Wayne Rooney, he is their record goalscorer, but he turned into a parenthesis when Ibrahimovic arrived."

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