When Zlatan Ibrahimovic first arrived at Manchester United, there was simply no stopping him.
An overhead kick on his debut in a friendly against Galatasaray inside four minutes as he got his life in Manchester off to a sensational start.
He then scored the winner against Leicester in the Community Shield, a 25-yard strike against Bournemouth on the opening weekend of the season, and twice in a 2-0 victory against Southampton.
Now, though, Ibrahimovic has gone six matches without a goal - something that hasn’t happened to the Swede since 2007.
Against Burnley at the weekend, Ibrahimovic had an incredible 12 shots but somehow couldn’t find his way past Tom Heaton in the visitor’s goal. With just minutes remaining, the 35-year-old somehow blazed over from two yards with the goal gaping - United's last chance to win the match.
Zlatan always gives off an air of arrogance but he appeared to be lacking any sort of confidence as his goal drought continued.
And his teammate Ander Herrera has now revealed how he reacted in the dressing-room following the statement with Burnley.
"We have to say we still have one of the best strikers in the world and his attitude, his character are top,” said Herrera.
“He did not say anything in the dressing room because today was not the day to speak.
“The dressing room was completely disappointed because of the way we played. There were no words. I am not going to be able to sleep for sure because I am going to have those missed chances in my head.”
United’s two dropped points means they are now eight points behind Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool at the top of the table as their title bid appears to have crumbled spectacularly.
Losses against Manchester City, Watford and Chelsea, as well as draws against Stoke, Liverpool and Burnley have left Jose Mourinho’s side already playing catch-up.
With fixtures against Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham all to come before Christmas, Mourinho knows they can’t afford any more slip-ups.
It would help if their Ibrahimovic can start banging in the goals again, though.
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