Zlatan Ibrahimovic disappoints for Sweden during Italy defeat

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With reports suggesting that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be joining Manchester United after Euro 2016, United fans will no doubt be keeping a close eye on the 34-year-old.

It’s widely believed that Ibrahimovic will arrive at Old Trafford following this summer’s tournament for a reunion with former boss Jose Mourinho.

However, those supporters of the Red Devils that were hoping to be excited by Zlatan’s performances in France have been bitterly disappointed.


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Ibrahimovic was quiet during Sweden's opening fixture against Ireland which they drew 1-1, although he did play a large part in Sweden’s goal - an own-goal by Ciaran Clark.

However, during Sweden’s 1-0 loss to Italy on Friday, Ibrahimovic went missing. The enigmatic striker had very few chances and missed an absolute sitter from two yards - although he was flagged offside.

His performance didn’t do anything to excite the watching United supporters and they took to Twitter to express their disappointment at his display. Check out his miss and some of the best tweets below:

United fans' reaction

Many supporters may well be worried that they are set to sign a player coming to the end of his career. However, despite being the grand old age of 34, Ibrahimovic managed an incredible 52 goals in 55 appearances last season for Paris Saint-Germain - including 38 in 31 Ligue 1 matches.

Ancelotti on Zlatan

One man that is well placed to comment on Zlatan is Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian managed him at PSG and he insists that a move to United would be fantastic for both parties.

“I know that he is 34 years old but anyone who has ever worked closely with footballers – and knows a thing or two about their fitness and their stamina – can see that Ibra is not your typical 34-year-old," he said.

“When he says that he is getting better, he means it. He’s certainly better than any 34-year-old footballer I know.”

Ibrahimovic has one more match to save his Euro 2016 campaign. After the Swedes have managed one point from their two matches, they must beat Belgium in their final group match to stand any chance of qualification to the last-16.

And all eyes will be on Zlatan to see if he can produce on the big stage, something that will be fully expected of him next season.

If a move to the Theatre of Dreams does go through, Ibrahimovic is likely to miss the start of the league season. That’s because he has been named in Sweden’s provisional squad for this summer’s Rio Olympics.

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