Analysing Zlatan Ibrahmiovic's wasteful display for Manchester United against Burnley
As criticisms grow surrounding one of Manchester United’s star summer signings, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has continued his awful run of form to make it his worse run since December 2007 which was the last time he went seven games without scoring whilst with Inter Milan. With 12 shots to his name, the Swede only managed to get four on chances and should have scored at least two.
Whilst Burnley’s Tom Heaton was on fine form to stop him, two goalscoring opportunities fell his way which you would normally expect a player of his quality and experience to have tucked away with ease to seal the three points for Jose Mourinho’s side. On a positive note, chances were falling Zlatan’s way, there is no doubt about that, and he was finding the right spaces and gaps to get his shots off when possible, but he just could not find the back of the net.
Failing in both of his attempted dribbles and beaten in the air far more frequently than usual, the former PSG striker struggled to deal with the combative style of former United youth product Michael Keane and former City prospect Ben Mee in the middle of Burnley’s defence. Cutting a dejected figure towards the end of the game, it increasingly looks like the inconceivable is becoming reality and Ibrahimovic is lacking confidence.
Unlikely to be selected for a trip to Turkey to face Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday, a trip to Swansea at the weekend will be the perfect opportunity for the United striker to find a return to goalscoring form. The Swans have been conceding goals for fun, and three of the next four domestic games for the Red Devils are up against two of the worst defences in the Premier League, with only Hull and Sunderland having conceded more than Swansea and West Ham, who travel to Old Trafford twice in a week in Premier League and EFL Cup action.
It is hard to imagine that Zlatan’s poor form will continue for much longer, but after a superb start to life at Old Trafford, it may not have been predicted that he would hit such a rut. With the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney chomping at the bit for a go in a central striker role, time is running out for Zlatan and Jose Mourinho’s patience may be tester if he doesn’t turn things around quickly.
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