Zlatan Ibrahimovic apologises to Man United fans after landing suspension

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic snapped a run of six games without a Premier League goal by finding the back of the net twice in Manchester United's 3-1 win over Swansea City on Sunday afternoon.

However, the positivity surrounding the Swedish striker's return to goalscoring form was tempered slightly after he picked up a yellow card in the same game.

As his fifth booking of the 2016/17 campaign, Ibrahimovic must now sit out United's first fixture after the international break. Unfortunately for the Red Devils, that just so happens to be against in-form Arsenal on November 19.

After putting the Old Trafford club into a tough spot due to his ill-discipline, Ibrahimovic has now spoken to MUTV to apologise directly to fans.

"Every time I try to play my game by being strong, and going into the tackles, or whatever it is, I get a yellow card," Zlatan told United's official TV channel, via the Mirror.

"I don't know what the explanation was because I think I was too tired and I didn't hear him [the referee].

"In England, the football is hard, it's physical. I just have to accept it. I've got to be professional.

"I'm sorry I am suspended for the next game. I wish I wasn't as it's a game I really wanted to play in.

"But I have trust in my teammates and the team and I know they can do fine also without me."

Ibrahimovic's suspension certainly isn't ideal given the calibre of opposition United next face in the Premier League.

Games between United and Arsenal are always intense affairs but, with the Gunners just two points off the top of the table and unbeaten since the opening day of the season, Arsene Wenger's current side will provide the Red Devils with another huge test.

And, although Ibrahimovic had been coming in for criticism for his performances prior to the Swansea game, Mourinho would surely have had the talismanic 35-year-old in his plans for the Old Trafford fixture.

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Without him, United will likely turn to Marcus Rashford through the middle whilst Wayne Rooney's return to the starting XI in the league could be extended beyond Sunday's fixture.

With that in mind, Mourinho will be watching England's upcoming fixtures - against Scotland on Friday, and Spain next Tuesday - hoping that both United forwards can make it through without any injury concerns.

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