Manchester United Football Club finally got back to winning ways at the weekend, despite Jose Mourinho sitting in the stands due to his touchline ban. Three excellent goals were scored on the day, with a brilliant brace bagged by Zlatan Ibrahimovic who looked back to his best.
However, his afternoon was marred by a daft yellow card he picked up midway through the second half. That incident did become crucial though, as it was his fifth booking of the season and he will now serve a one-game suspension – missing Arsenal’s visit to Old Trafford in just under a fortnight.
Now the influential Swede has spoken out on the situation and taken a dig at the referee in the process.
You know what? Every time I try to play my game by being strong and going into the tackles, or whatever it is, I get a yellow card,” he is quoted as saying.
“I don’t know what the explanation was because I think I was too tired and I didn’t hear him [referee Neil Swarbrick].
“It is what it is. In England, the football is hard, it’s physical. I just have to accept it. I’ve got to be professional. I’m sorry I am suspended for the next game. I wish I wasn’t as it’s a game I really wanted to play in.
“But I have trust in my teammates and the team and I know they can do fine also without me.”
Ibrahimovic does have a point, and you do feel he gets unfairly picked on because of his height and physicality. He’s so much taller than everyone else on the field and a lot of the time that does go against him.
He has to learn to adapt to the situation and his surroundings, though, and with a player of his intelligence I’ve no doubt he can do that.