Manchester United crashed out of the EFL Cup at the quarter-final stage as they suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Wednesday night, and Red Devils fans were quick to turn on the usually popular Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Jose Mourinho’s men were favourites to advance to the last four against the Championship high-flyers – especially as they won the trophy earlier this year – but a fine strike by Joe Bryan and a last-gasp goal from Korey Smith gave the hosts a famous win.
Ibrahimovic’s free-kick and first goal of the season sandwiched the two from the Robins, but the 36-year-old’s first start since April following a serious injury didn’t go to plan as he hit the post and generally struggled with his all-round centre-forward game.
Man United supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the Swede’s display, and while one described him as “deadwood”, another said “he needs to be gone from my club ASAP”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
— Nick Morley (@MorleySmalls) December 21, 2017
Just saw highlights, Steele made some amazing saves.
But Zlatan is not a player he was. He lacks pace, slows down counter attack and barely hits the target. Pogba more concerned about his haircut than actually playing football. Blind and Darmian not United standard #MUFC
— Denish Gandhi (@degandhi024) December 21, 2017
Do we even have deadwood? The only players I can think of that need to go are Darmian and Zlatan. #MUFC
— Máckin (@SilkyMarcus) December 20, 2017
Should’ve never signed Zlatan back too. On high wages to talk about himself in 3rd person. Lol. Ffs. #MUFC
— DKA 🙍🏾♂️♿️ (@KojoAsante19) December 20, 2017
Darmian, Blind, Mctominay and Zlatan need to be gone from my club ASAP #MUFC
— Elite mentality⚡️ (@_YungJigga_) December 20, 2017
I don’t care if Zlatan scored, for over 50 minutes we were playing with 10 men. He was so meek and lifeless. Rashford and Martial weren’t great either. #MUFC
— Abdullah Moallim (@Moallim88) December 20, 2017
We played a pretty strong team against Bristol, the loss is really worrying. Ibra at 36 years old looks past it. #MUFC
— Lyle (@TheLinderman_) December 21, 2017
Been saying this since Ibra offers nothing!!!! Man's finished #mufc
— Raphael (@Renocardo) December 20, 2017