English Premiership

Herrera: Ibrahimovic will be back to his best in no time

2016-10-31 08:05
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has backed striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to rediscover his goalscoring touch. 

Ibrahimovic has failed to find the back of the net in United’s last six league games, something he has not done since December 2007. 

The Swede came close to scoring on numerous occasions against Burnley on Saturday, but was left frustrated as his side had to settle for a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford. 

Despite Ibrahimovic’s rather uncharacteristic cold spell, Herrera is confident that it is only a matter of time before the 35-year-old heats up once again. 

"If one player can get back and pass this moment it's him because of his attitude, his character, the way he works," Herrera told reporters. "I have no doubt he is going to score a lot of goals for us.

"But it is not only him. We missed a lot of chances, not only him. He is giving us a lot of things for the team. Some of the chances we created came because of him, so we cannot tell him anything.

"We have to say that we have one of the best strikers in the world and his attitude, his character is top."

Herrera was sent off in the 68th minute Saturday's match, but he insisted that he didn’t deserve to be shown a second yellow card as he appeared to slip before colliding with Burnley midfielder Dean Marney. 

"For the first yellow card, I bent my knees, I didn't want to kick the opponent," he said. "For the second, I slid. But I don't want to complain because I don't want to be banned for more games.

"The only thing I can say is that I didn't want to make those fouls. I am not a violent player. I slipped."

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