EPL 2016/17: Zlatan Ibrahimovic isn't the reason for Manchester United's attacking slump, says Ander Herrera
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera insists that his team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic will soon rediscover his old self. The 35-year-old is currently on his worst run of goalscoring form since his Inter Milan days back in 2007 as the Swede has just one goal to his name in his last 10 outings for the Premier League club.
The Swedish striker, who scored 38 goals for Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 last season, hasn’t scored in his last six Premier League appearances for The Red Devils. Ibrahimovic is extremely short of confidence as it is evident from his display against Burnley over the weekend, but Ander Herrera has backed the United number nine to come out of this bad run of form.
"I think if one player can get back and pass this moment it's him because of his attitude, his character, the way he works,'' said Herrera.
"I have no doubt he is going to score a lot of goals for us.
"But it is not only him, we have missed a lot of chances, not only him. He is giving us a lot of things for the team. Some of the chances we created came because of him, so we cannot tell him anything.
"We have to say that we have one of the best strikers in the world and his attitude, his character, is top.”
Frustration mounts up in game against Burnley
Ander Herrera was sent off in United’s goalless draw against Burnley, a game in which United failed to find a breakthrough despite having 37 shots on goals and 19 corners. It was an afternoon of frustration for the Manchester club as they were poor in front of goal and failed to convert some glorious chances. Ibrahimovic, who had 12 shots on goal, missed two wonderful chances.
The Clarets goalkeeper, Tom Heaton was in exceptional form as he pulled off some sublime saves. Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho also was sent to the stands after his protests over referee Mark Clattenburg’s decision to deny United a penalty. The pressure is mounting on the Portuguese as his team is unable to keep up with the front-runners in the league. United, who are without a win in their last four Premier League games, find themselves eight points behind Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.
It is crucial that Jose Mourinho’s side add some consistency to their game or else even a top four finish will be hard to achieve. United have a tricky fixture on Thursday as they travel to Istanbul to face Fenerbahce in the UEFA Europa League.