It has been widely reported that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be joining Manchester United this summer and while nothing has been confirmed as of yet, the Red Devils’ faithful were certainly looking forward to their potential new signing in action at the European Championships.
Ibrahimovic captained Sweden in their Euro 2016 opener against the Republic of Ireland on Monday and the striker played a key role in helping his side earn a vital point, after drawing an error from Irish defender Ciaran Clark in the 71st minute.
Despite his important contribution though, Ibrahimovic’s overall display was a bit subdued by his usual high standards and many United fans were not entirely impressed with how the 34-year-old performed during the clash.
The Red Devils faithful took to Twitter to express their reservations regarding Ibrahimovic and here is a selection of some of the best reactions:
'I'd rather have Alvaro Morata than Zlatan Ibrahimovic!'- Sweden captain fails to impress Manchester United fans vs Republic of Ireland— Grace Essiako (@_MUFC_girl_) June 13, 2016
Watching Ibrahimovic against Rep.of Ireland got me thinking this are the sought of players he'll be playing against in EPl, he struggled— Granit Shaka (@musawenkosi92) June 14, 2016
French league makes players look worldclass Ibrahimovic against Rep Of Ireland wasn't all that #EURO2016— #BlackLivesMatter#HD (@VintageHD_) June 13, 2016
Nonetheless, not all United fans were displeased with Ibrahimovic and they went on to defend the striker with the following posts on Twitter.
Fans saying they don't want Zlatan after yesterday's game...He plays in a poor side & had 3 players on him every time he got the ball#MUFC— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) June 14, 2016
After watching the Ireland match today I realised that Sweden is actually just ibrahimovic featuring some Swedish lads #Euros2016— Conor Archbold (@conor_archbold) June 13, 2016
Ibrahimovic comes out KING against Ireland... #Euro2016— #TeamGeorgeChukwudi (@George_Chukz) June 13, 2016
Think Ibrahimovic was outplayed for the majority of the game by Ireland's defence but got the all important assist.— The Peoples Person (@PeoplesPerson_) June 13, 2016
Sweden now prepare to square off against Italy on Friday and one can be sure that Ibrahimovic will need to put in a much improved performance during that encounter in order to appease the demanding United faithful.