Manchester United fans were decidedly unimpressed with Zlatan Ibrahimovic following their side’s 0-0 draw with Hull City in the Premier League.
The Swede failed to engineer any space in front of goal all evening and never managed to make an impact on what was a miserably frustrating game for Jose Mourinho’s men.
Man United fans were quick to express their frustration with the 35-year-old.
Ibrahimovic having one of those games when you think Mourinho might finally have to take him off.
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) February 1, 2017
Sums up United's season, that. Ibrahimovic beyond infuriating when you're chasing a goal. Investment needed…
— Sean Kearns (@SeanPaulKearns) February 1, 2017
Ibrahimovic should be dropped for the next PL game.. #MUFC
— ᴘʀᴀɴᴀᴠ ᴘᴀʀᴀʙ (@P9Pranav) February 1, 2017
— richard hickin (@thehickin) February 1, 2017
What supporters often don’t recognise about Zlatan is that, actually, this was a pretty standard performance from the Swede. The crucial difference is that he didn’t – for the third game in a row – find the net, nor did he ever look likely to get past Eldin Jakupović all evening.
Instead, the 35-year-old – clearly unhappy with the tempo of the game – insisted on dropping back and involving himself as much as possible, presumably in an attempt to sharpen up United’s attacking approach. What this created was a No.9 void reminiscent of last season: no notable reference point at the tip of attack, no poacher waiting in the box for a chance, no big figure to provide flick-ons for the likes of Marcus Rashford.
All in all this was, to put it nicely, a game to forget for Zlatan.