Zlatan Ibrahimovic has apologised to Manchester United supporters after picking up his fifth yellow card of the domestic season against Swansea City, resulting in a one-match suspension.
He scored twice at Liberty Stadium, but will miss the match against Arsenal at Old Trafford after the international break on 19 November.
The Swede closed his recent goal drought with two goals against Bob Bradley’s side and supporters were expecting him in top form against Arsenal before he picked up a fifth yellow card on Sunday and will no longer be available to face the Gunners.
Speaking after the game, Ibrahimovic admitted he wanted to play against Arsenal.
“Every time I try to play my game by being strong, and going into the tackles, or whatever it is, I get a yellow card,” he said.
“I don’t know what the explanation was because I think I was too tired and I didn’t hear him [the referee].
“It is what it is. In England, the football is hard, it’s physical. I just have to accept it. I’ve got to be professional. I’m sorry I am suspended for the next game. I wish I wasn’t as it’s a game I really wanted to play in. But I have trust in my team-mates and the team and I know they can do fine also without me.”
It’s a massive blow for United, but with Marcus Rashford fired up and ready to play, it won’t be too much of a loss, especially after scoring twice against Arsene Wenger’s side back in February.
Hopes are United can pick up where they’ve left off after the international break with a victory against Arsenal.