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Zlatan Ibrahimovic ended his barren run in front of goal last night as he scored the only goal of the game in Manchester United's 1-0 win over Zorya Luhansk.

The Swedish striker found the back of the net from two yards out in the 69th minute to end a run of four games without a goal, taking his tally at his new club to five goals in total.

However, despite his match-winning finish, Zlatan isn't pleasing everyone with his play. That's after Michael Owen, speaking after the game in his role as a BT Sport pundit, went on a rant about one particular aspect of the forward's game.

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Of course, with 163 goals in 362 club appearances during his career, there's no doubt that the former Liverpool and United striker knows a thing or two about playing up front.

Nevertheless, it is unlikely that Red Devils supporters - or Zlatan himself - will be willing to accept Owen's claim that the 34-year-old doesn't position himself well enough when in the box.

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According to Owen, Ibrahimovic simply doesn't react quickly enough when the ball is coming into the area.

The former England striker's criticism begins at around the six minute mark in the video below...

Owen's critique might have made sense had he been passing comment on a young, up-and-coming forward like Marcus Rashford who was still learning the game.

That is far from the case with Ibrahimovic, however, and his career to date doesn't exactly suggest he has had issues with getting in the right place at the right time.

Indeed, Ibrahimovic's scoring record is exceptional. He had racked up 364 goals for club and country before moving to Old Trafford this summer, and is currently the club's top scorer this season with five goals to his name.

Manchester United FC v FC Zorya Luhansk - UEFA Europa League

Owen might not be a fan of how Zlatan goes about getting his goals, but whatever the Swedish star is doing is clearly working and United fans will be hoping it continues in that way.

Ibrahimovic, meanwhile, will likely brush off any criticism after another solid performance.

Speaking after the 1-0 win over Zorya, the striker explained why it had been so difficult for United to break down their Europa League opponents.

"It was not an easy game," he told BT Sport. "We played well (and) created some chances, but this is a difficult game.

"You don't score during the beginning, the spaces get smaller and smaller and you have to find a way to score the first one."

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