Manchester United Football Club haven’t won in their last couple of outings, and even the Red Devils’ performance in the EFL Cup could be cause for concern. Last night, the only goal we scored came after a bit of individual brilliance from Zlatan Ibrahimovic – who seems to be our key man right now.
The inflentual Swede joined United on a free transfer over the summer, and it’s fair to say he has been an absolute revelation since he came to the club. Now 35, he already has 26 goals to his name which is an unbelieveable return.
We have a major issue with him domestically, though. He’s now banned for the next three games, two of which are in the Premier League with the other an FA Cup clash against Chelsea.
Former Red, now pundit Paul Ince, has had his say on the situation and it is fair to say he is upset with the ban. Manchester United really have lacked any real goal output aside from the talismanic striker, and it definitely doesn’t bode well whilst he is absent.
“He’s not just a goalscorer, he’s a talisman for the whole team,” Ince told BT Sport, as quoted by the Daily Express.
“The lads thrive off him, I think he’s been outstanding this season.”
“I’m a bit gutted he’ll be missing the next few games because I think Man United need him at this moment in time.”
“No one else is contributing goals.”
“[Juan] Mata’s got a few [Anthony] Martial’s scored one or two.”
“I think it’s going to be a big miss without him. Obviously going for fourth place is major for Manchester United.”
He is not just our goalscorer, he’s the leader of the team. It is just two games that he will miss, but if we don’t get a result in either (or both) of them – it could well cost us a spot in the top four come May.
At the end of the day he only has himself to blame and the ban is more than deserved. It’s a shame, but the players will have to find a way to win without him.