Man United Play Better Without Zlatan, States Gary Neville

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes the Reds play better without Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The former defender was on commenting on United’s 2-0 win over Burnley, which the Swede missed due to injury.

The player turned pundit said during the ‘Gary Neville podcast’ that the two matches the Swedish striker did not start in were United’s best performances of the season.

He stated: “I thought Burnley would have good energy and it would have been a very difficult day. From a Manchester United point of view, the two performances in the league are probably the best I’ve seen them home and away.

“In terms of professionalism definitely, they were really comfortable and managed the game well.”


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The Red Devils won their second straight game in the Premier League on Sunday, by beating Burnley 2-0. This win at Turf Moor brought them within one point of 4th placed Manchester City.

This is also the second straight league game that Zlatan has not started for the Red Devils. He was used as a substitute in the 2-0 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford. Zlatan then got injured in the quarter-final 2nd leg against Anderlecht and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

In the former PSG man’s absence, Anthony Martial started as striker. The Frenchman scored the opener, before setting up Wayne Rooney. Neville credited United’s quicker pace for the improved performance, saying Zlatan’s absence was the reason for this.

He added: “Zlatan Ibrahimovic is injured. This is what you’re going to get without him. Counter-attack through the centre forward. Rashford last week. Martial this week. Far more like Manchester United have always played.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring.

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1 Comment

  1. Maxwell on April 25, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Thats 100% correct MAN U plays better without Zie.

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