Watch: Zlatan Ibrahimovic shows no mercy as he uses friend as target practice

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has reportedly been given time off this week by Jose Mourinho and, therefore, won't be featuring for Manchester United in Thursday's Europa League fixture against Zorya.

However, just because the Swedish striker isn't taking part in training with his United teammates, it doesn't mean he is staying away from football altogether.

At least that is what one hilarious video brought to our attention by 101 Great Goals today suggests. In it, we see a delighted Zlatan lining up to shoot as a brave individual stands with his back to the United striker in a garden goal. We don't even need to tell you what happens next...

We're not sure about the exact circumstances behind the below video, but you have to be a little crazy to be willing to stand with your back to one of Ibrahimovic's famously powerful strikes.

It is probably safe to assume, then, that Zlatan's friend is only doing it as some sort of forfeit as he takes up a position plenty of us have been in in the school playground or at the end of football training...

The man has almost 400 goals to his name in his professional career, he was never going to be anything less than accurate, was he?

You have to feel for the poor guy as Ibrahimovic wheels away in hysterics after his painful looking shot. However, he isn't the only one of the Swede's friends who have come in for some rough treatment at the hands of the striker.

Down the years, Zlatan has made something of a habit of showing his affection for teammates by handing out a little bit of pain.

Ibrahimovic certainly seems in high spirits as he continues the latest chapter of his career.

However, whilst the veteran striker got off to a flying start to life in England by bagging four goals in his first four games, he is now on a goalless run that spans four straight appearances.

And, having been given the night off this Thursday as United continue their Europa League campaign, Ibrahimovic will likely have to wait until this Sunday's Premier League fixture against Stoke to get back to goal-scoring form.

After seeing this video, his opponents might think twice about turning their back on him this weekend.

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