Zlatan Ibrahimovic could face retrospective punishment for grabbing Simon Kjaer's throat

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s plight following his blistering start to life at Manchester United has been immensely surprising.

The Swede took to England like a duck to water, scoring five goals in his first five games including the winner in the Community Shield win against Leicester City.

What’s followed since, however, has been extremely difficult to understand.

Ibrahimovic has scored just once in 11 after his blank in the Europa League loss to Fenerbahce. His last goal in a Premier League game that resulted in United winning points was on September 19.

Those who tuned in to United’s 2-1 defeat in Turkey will have noticed a striker who appears to be pretty frustrated with things.

The 35-year-old, who started the game on the bench but was introduced on the half-hour mark in relief of the injured Paul Pogba, wasted no time in causing an altercation when he squared up to Fenerbahce Simon Kjaer.

The duo came together in the first half. Footage shows Ibrahimovic placing a hand around Kjaer’s throat - an action that could have earned him a red card if the referee witnessed it - before he was forced away.

Retrospective punishment

The Mirror claim Ibrahimovic could face retrospective punishment if UEFA decide to review the incident.

Referee Milorad Mazic likely missed the altercation, or else he surely would have at least booked the United man.

Henry is backing Ibra

Thierry Henry, who played with Ibrahimovic at Barcelona, has backed him to recover from his goal drought.

"All the questions have been about Jose Mourinho and Wayne Rooney but now they are about Zlatan Ibrahimovic,” Henry said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football programme.

“It's the first time he's found himself in this situation in his career.

"He usually puts them in the back of the net because this doesn't happen to him often.

"He's going to have to deal with it. I know he has the character and the ability to deal with it but it will be better for him if it happens sooner rather than later."

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