Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s season looks to be over after a nasty landing from winning a header during Manchester United’s Europa League game versus Belgium league leaders RSC Anderlecht.
Marcus Rashford won the tie for the Red Devils in extra time after the Swede had been substituted off with the injury. Manchester United took the lead through Henrikh Mkhitaryan early on, only to see that cancelled out by Hanni on 32 minutes – which took the game into extra-time after the reverse tie also ended 1-1.
Commentating on the injury, BT Sport’s Michael Owen claimed that Zlatan had hyperextended his leg, causing it to invert – which incidentally is a very painful injury and will likely keep Manchester United’s top scorer out for the rest of the season.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Manchester United in the summer and was one of four signings by new manager, José Mourinho – alongside world-record signing Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Swede signed a one year contract, which has a clause for a second year if both parties wish to activate it.
Since signing, Ibrahimovic has scored 28 goals in all competitions, eclipsing all of his teammates scoring records over the past three seasons. However with the injury likely to rule him out until next season, it looks as though the Swede will have to wait until next term to break the 30-goal benchmark set by Robin van Persie in United’s last title-winning season.
Fans are hopeful that the former Barcelona and PSG striker will sign an extension at Old Trafford, taking him into his 37th year and nineteenth year as a professional footballer.
Conversely, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford appear to be working very well together, as demonstrated on Sunday’s victory over Chelsea where Ibrahimovic was on the bench, and some fans are echoing that the two young forwards should be given the time and space to flourish together and be selected ahead of the ageing former Sweden international.
Manchester United return to the Premier League on Saturday with an away trip to Burnley, who have a strong record at home this season. The Reds have two games in hand on Liverpool in third and are six points behind their Merseyside rivals. Mourinho’s men will be looking at drawing level with the Reds and trumping them to a Champions League place as well as going on to win the UEFA Europa League.
— Jordan Meyer (@Jordan_Meyer1) April 20, 2017