Zlatan Ibrahimovic criticises Juan Mata for his poor finishing against Hull City

by Leo Nieboer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has criticised his teammates for a lack of sharpness in front of goal during Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Hull City in the Premier League, labelling Juan Mata‘s late effort from six yards out as a “bad shot.”

Jose Mourinho‘s men spent most of the evening camped in Hull’s half but only mustered a handful of meaningful chances in front of goal.

Mata, who came on in the second half, had the best chance to put United ahead with a chance from six yards out, only for Eldin Jakupović to come flying to the rescue.

But Zlatan, clearly frustrated at half time, refused to give the goalkeeper credit and instead criticised Mata for failing to capitalise on what was a golden opportunity.


I happen to agree with Zlatan that, actually, Jakupovic’s save from Mata was not exactly special. A good stop, of course, but one of those reactionary saves that most goalkeepers at this level expect to make.

But my concurrence with the 35-year-old ends there. You shouldn’t, as a rule of thumb, publicly chastise your own teammates, especially when you’ve just spent the last 90 minutes offering next to nothing at No.9. You can tell that Zlatan’s outburst is borne out of raw, in-the-moment anger, but there is no excuse for unnecessary public finger pointing and hypocrisy.

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