The Manchester United fans were fuming in the Transfer Tavern last night after their side struggled to a 2-2 draw against Burnley at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho’s second season at United has not gone according to plan for the Portuguese man so far. With just 20 fixtures played in the Premier League, the title already looks set to be wrapped in the blue and white ribbons of their noisy neighbours Manchester City. Although City’s dominance at the summit of the English top-flight is truly extraordinary in the context of Premier League history, it is fair to say that United’s shortcomings have enabled them to solidify their dominance.
Plenty of United’s star players have failed to live up to expectations this season and there seems to be a tense atmosphere building between fans, players and manager at Old Trafford as a consequence.
Romelu Lukaku has taken enough criticism in the last two weeks to last your average player an entire season, but that is to be expected whilst playing for a club of such stature.
However, the United supporters are beginning to fire their harsh words at other attacking stars in the last few days, as Marcus Rashford and now Zlatan Ibrahimovic have become targets for criticism.
Mourinho opted to start with Ibrahimovic in the number 10 role against Burnley yesterday, but he later withdrew the Swede at half-time and brought on Jesse Lingard to replace him.
And plenty of the supporters on Twitter were furious with Ibrahimovic’s lacklustre performance against the Clarets in an unfamiliar role.
Here’s what the Red Devils had to say about his performance…
Zlatan should never start games again. Can't point out one good thing he did in 45mins.
— MARIE DE JESUS (@Nazygold2) December 26, 2017
Should never have resigned him
— justin_IyOrsHE ⚪️ (@JIyorshe) December 26, 2017
Ibra slows play down why not just start lingard witg his form
— Baran.Ytr.00 (@Baranytr_00) December 26, 2017
Zlatan is absolutely finished. He would be nowhere near that City side at the moment so why is he playing at number 10 for us? Laughable.
— Simmo (@alex_simmo) December 26, 2017
Rashford should get the Martial treatment from last season. Zlatan shouldn't start a match till he leaves the club. Mkhitaryan should be binned in Jan along with Darmian & Blind. We can have the tallest team in the world but still can't even defend or attack set pieces properly.
— AH (@UtdTactic) December 26, 2017
Zlatan Ibrahimovic re-joined United on a free this season and they still overpaid.
— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) December 26, 2017
Me wey no be manure fan, I'm tired of his excuses. Zlatan is past it
— Bajeh Anthony (Eden) (@a_bajeh) December 27, 2017