Manchester United fans were disappointed with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s performance during their side’s 4-0 win over Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday night.
The Swede, restored to the starting XI after missing the 1-1 draw with Arsenal through suspension, made a sluggish start, often losing the ball with his back to goal, before spurning several chances as the floodgates opened in the second half.
Man United fans were quick to criticise the 35-year-old’s inability to finish chances against Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side.
Based on recent performances, Rooney deserves to start over Zlatan. The Swede's been a hindrance in attack.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) November 24, 2016
Apparently we can't play good, quick football with Rooney in the team. Only player who messed moves up tonight was Zlatan. Hope he improves.
— Rich Laverty (@RichJLaverty) November 24, 2016
— Gadi Semp (@gls1992) November 24, 2016
Ibrahimovic really needs to step up. His finishing has been really poor of late. Good link up play as usual tho
— Smart Chuck (@Emenikechuka) November 24, 2016
Ibrahimovic needs to works on his finishing.His lapses have cost us enough this season.Had great chances tonight again.Own goal 2d rescue.
— Tobi (@tobibus2000) November 24, 2016
Ibrahimovic is bloody liability… must be dropped
— Frimpong (@managergee) November 24, 2016
This was, no doubt, one of Zlatan’s less refined performances. His touch was occasionally off, his first time passes often finding Feyenoord players instead. His failure to impose himself in front of goal also provided cause for concern.
And yet, even when performing at a notably subpar standard, the Swede still managed to claim an assist and forge a Brad Jones own goal. This, I believe, is the true hallmark of a top talent: an ability to create game-changing moments at any time, even when performing poorly.
That said, United fans will hope to see a more clinical version of Zlatan when United come up against stronger opposition in the coming months. The Premier League rarely produces strikers with a catalogue of chances, and the 35-year-old will need to be ruthless in front of goal.