Zlatan Ibrahimovic gives two reasons for Man Utd's poor form

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One win in five Premier League games and seventh in the table serves to emphasise Manchester United's awful form recently.

It all started against rivals Manchester City last month, where the Red Devils lost 2-1 at home and saw their four-game winning streak in the league grind to a halt.

A 3-1 defeat to Watford soon followed and while the demolition of Leicester City suggested their rut was over, recent draws to Stoke City and Liverpool have seen concerns about United's inconsistency re-emerge.


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So, what - or perhaps who - is to blame for Jose Mourinho's men performing so poorly?

According to star striker and summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, there are two factors preventing United from hitting their stride: time and luck.

"I think we're working very hard and just need to find a click among each other," he told ESPN Brasil.

"Once we find that click, it makes it easy for ourselves. We'll find each other much easier and the balance of defending and attacking will be much easier.

"So many things are new and we are working hard. At the same time, we haven't had a lot of luck.

"Against Stoke [a 1-1 draw], we could have won the game very easily but we got one point and so on and so on. We need to work hard and stay focused and with a little bit of luck it will come."

The Swede's argument about United's players taking time to gel is certainly a valid one, but world-class players such as he and Paul Pogba realistically shouldn't take too long to adapt.

Pogba is particularly struggling in his new surroundings, having scored just once and assisted zero goals since arriving for £89 million in the transfer window.

As for Ibrahimovic, while he's scored a respectable four goals in eight Premier League games thus far, he's guilty of missing no less than six 'big chances' - more than any other player in England's top-flight, according to Opta.

What's certain is Mourinho has yet to find a winning formula at United, which was evident against Liverpool during Monday's 0-0 draw at Anfield.

The Red Devils 'enjoyed' just 35% possession against Jurgen Klopp's men and crafted very few clear-cut opportunities as a result.

"After the second half, I think it was a good result," Ibrahimovic added. "We came and did what we needed to do, especially in the first half.

"Second half, we loosened up a little bit and then they got more chances. They played more like they're used to playing.

"It's not easy to play here at Anfield. Liverpool, at the moment, are playing very good and doing great things in the competition."

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