Jamie Carragher was not a big fan of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s performance in the first half of Manchester United’s EFL Cup win over Manchester City on Wednesday evening.
The former Liverpool defender questioned whether Ibrahimovic had endured a worse 45 minutes in his entire career after his disappointing showing in the opening exchanges.
The Swede was wasteful in possession and was too heavy with one pass intended for Marcus Rashford.
Fortunately for United, Ibrahimovic turned things around in the second half when he teed up Juan Mata to score the only goal.
But having continued his goal drought - the 35-year-old has scored once in nine games - there was definitely cause for concern.
"I don’t think Zlatan Ibrahimovic has probably had a worse 45 minutes than that in his career," Carragher said on Sky Sports at half-time, per the Mirror.
"He’s getting wound up by them [City]. Jose Mourinho has been getting a lot of stick in the last few weeks, the manager always does, but we’re talking about a fella last season who got 50 goals."
Ibrahimovic took to England like a duck to water, scoring five goals in his first five matches, including the winner against Leicester City in the Community Shield.
The former Paris Saint-Germain star wore Nike boots for that glorified pre-season fixture, and he might want to switch back to Nike cleats.
Eagle-eyed Man United fans spotted Ibrahimovic wearing Adidas boots during the first half of yesterday’s clash at Old Trafford. However, he reappeared for the second period in a pair of Nike cleats.
Zlatan wears Adidas for the first half...
... then switches to Nike for the second
Adidas vs Nike
Considering it was in the white Nike Mercurial Vapour X Radiant Reveal boots that Ibrahimovic made an impact on the game, it’s probably worth him sticking with the swoosh for the foreseeable future.
Zlatan’s donned Adidas X 16.1 boots in June during a Sweden training session during Euro 2016, days after he played against the Republic of Ireland in a pair of Nike’s, sparking talk that he had switched to the German sportswear giants.
Yet, if last night’s change is anything to go by, Ibrahimovic is still getting used to the three stripes.