Zlatan Ibrahimovic allowed his temper to get the better of him against Fenerbahce and was rather fortunate to avoid a straight red card from referee Milorad Mazic.
The Serbian match official, as it happened, didn’t even show the veteran Swedish striker a yellow card for grabbing Simon Kjaer’s throat.
Mazic, it seems, missed the incident. However, there’s still a chance that UEFA will retrospectively punish Zlatan should they choose to review the incident.
Ibrahimovic failed to score in Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat to Fener on Thursday evening, which means the 35-year-old has now registered just one goal in his last 11 appearances for the Red Devils.
After the defeat, Zlatan answered a few questions - via his official app, per 101 Great Goals - about the match and the incident with Kjaer.
Zlatan’s post-match Q&A
The Europa League match against Fenerbahçe ended in a 2-1 loss for your United. How would you describe the match?
Zlatan: We’re chasing goals the whole time, so it didn’t turn out like the match we anticipated.
You were subbed in the 29th minute, as Paul Pogba had to leave the pitch with injury problems. What do you think of your own performance and the role you got today?
Zlatan: I come in and try.
Any more news on Paul Pogba, a player who of course is important to United looking ahead?
Zlatan: No, not yet.
It didn’t pass many minutes before you got yourself in a situation with the Dane Simon Kjær. How would you describe the situation, and what was it that sparked it?
Zlatan: Nothing special.
UEFA might disagree
UEFA might not agree that the alteration with Kjaer was “nothing special”.
In truth, Kjaer’s reaction to being held around the throat probably helped the Swedish superstar. Had he gone down and made a meal of it, Zlatan could easily have been sent for an early bath.
Zlatan is struggling at United
An increasing number of United fans are beginning to fear that Ibrahimovic is past his best and no longer cut out for top-level football.
However, given all that Zlatan has achieved during his illustrious career, write him off at your own peril.
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