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Dick Advocaat reveals the plan he had for Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Thursday night was a bit of a disaster for Manchester United.

After beating Fenerbahce 4-1 at Old Trafford just two weeks ago, they were expected to take home all three points from their trip to Turkey.

However, Jose Mourinho’s side left with their tails between their legs after a deserved 2-1 defeat which left their Europa League campaign in jeopardy.

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But the surprising result wasn’t the only headline in the morning.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the talking point after the enigmatic Swede not only pushed the referee’s hand away from him on one occasion, but he also grabbed the neck of Fenerbahce defender Simon Kjaer - something that could lead to a retrospective ban by UEFA.

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Ibrahimovic was clearly frustrated on the pitch as his goal drought was extended to a massive seven matches. However, it seems that his lack of goals wasn’t the only thing frustrating him.

That’s because Fenerbahce boss, Dick Advocaat, has revealed the plans they had for players like Ibrahimovic - and it worked an absolute treat.

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“We had to provoke them a little,” he admitted, per the Mirror.

“What players like him and Wayne Rooney like is to get space and time to play. So you have to irritate them when they get the ball and push them a little bit sharper.

“I wasn’t at all surprised Zlatan reacted that way. I know him, and Rooney too, and that’s what we needed to do. But they are still great players.”

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Advocaat also admitted that he had watched United’s previous league fixture - a 0-0 draw at home Burnley - so was well aware that frustrations were running high.

"Against Burnley, they created so many chances but against us, not so many,” he said.

“It’s difficult to play against us when we play how we did. They had to try to play through the zone and block we made. They couldn’t do it and that frustrated them.”

For Zlatan and United, they face a trip to Wales this afternoon as they attempt to get the domestic campaign back on track. They are currently 10 points behind Chelsea and know they need to start winning matches to get back into a title race.

If Swansea boss Bob Bradley has any sense though, he would emulate Advocaat's plan and attempt to wind up Ibrahimovic and the rest of the United players.

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