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Zlatan Ibrahimovic gets frustrated with Wayne Rooney’s pressing v Zorya

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An increasing number of Manchester United supporters believe that Wayne Rooney is, unfortunately, no longer good enough to play for the club.

Further weight was added to the argument that United are a better team without the 30-year-old when United netted four goals past the Premier League champions Leicester City in the opening 45 minutes last weekend.

Jose Mourinho named Rooney amongst the substitutes for the second successive match against Zorya in the Europa League on Thursday evening, but the out-of-favour forward was given the last 23 minutes of the match to make a positive impact.

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Rooney provided the assist - if you can call it that - two minutes after coming off the bench.

But he failed to impress the United supporters, with his control letting him down on several occasions.

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Video: Rooney's attempt at pressing annoys Zlatan

Towards the end of the match, Rooney messed up a counter-attack with a terrible pass, and several minutes later he got on the nerves of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Zlatan, in the 86th minute of the match, was doing his utmost to close down the Zorya defence in an attempt to win back possession high up the pitch.

The Swedish striker, who is four years older than Rooney, told his teammate to close down a Zorya midfielder to prevent the ball from reaching him.

However, instead of busting a gut to close down the player, Rooney lightly jogged towards the man he should have been much tighter to.

The ball reached the Zorya midfielder in question and Zlatan, looking a bit knackered, couldn’t hide his frustration.

Zlatan had good reason to feel frustrated

Ibrahimovic had every right to expect Rooney to put in a bit more effort - particularly as his teammate had entered the fray as a second-half substitute.

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Instead it was Zlatan, 35 next week, who looked fresher.

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Wayne Rooney
Paul Pogba
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Paris Saint-Germain
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Manchester United
Jose Mourinho

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