Ibrahimovic inhibited United
You would have found more mobility from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Stockholm statue than the Manchester United striker last night. Ibrahimovic’s post-EFL Cup final hangover continued and his role has to be questioned after his return inhibited a United attack which revelled in his absence against Chelsea.
United were effectively playing with 10 men as the Swede cumbersomely strode about the pitch. A week after Jose Mourinho publicly rebuked him in Brussels he did not wait until full-time to tick off Ibrahimovic again. Mourinho told Ibrahimovic to stay further up the pitch rather than drop needlessly deep – a recurring problem for months – and it got worse in the second-half. A horrendous Ibrahimovic pass caused Mourinho to encroach onto the patch and rollock his striker mercilessly.
Ibrahimovic has salvaged numerous poor performances with goals but failed against Anderlecht by squandering two presentable chances. The only way he was going to go off was through injury.
Shaw winning over Mourinho
Mourinho began the second-half sat down but was soon back stood in the technical area, possibly because he realised Luke Shaw was within earshot.
Shaw’s first-half was not a particularly accomplished showing and he appeared to be overly enthused by Mourinho’s decision to start him on the basis of his …
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