Zlatan Ibrahimovic finally made his long awaited return to the field of play in Manchester United’s 4-1 triumph over Newcastle United on Saturday.
And though he was on for a mere 15 minutes, the 36-year-old did make a “hilarious” comment to his supposed successor, Romelu Lukaku, following the comeback, which was “spotted” by former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher.
Ibrahimovic, who was on the sidelines for the past seven months after having suffered a horrific knee injury, was brought on as a second-half substitute in the 77th minute by Jose Mourinho as a replacement for Anthony Martial.
The Swede was welcomed by the Old Trafford faithful with a loud cheer as he stepped onto the field, and the veteran striker almost made their money’s worth when he nearly pulled off a trademark Zlatan goal, as he attempted a scissor kick late in the game.
But that wasn’t all Ibra brought with him on his return, while Sky pundit Jamie Carragher analysed the match on Monday Night Football, he spotted what the ex-Sweden international said to Romelu Lukaku.
“You watch him when he comes on,” Carragher said. “I think this is hilarious. I don’t know whether Mourinho had told him to say this – ‘get on the right wing!’ – and Lukaku does it.”
The Sky Sports commentator also talked about whether Zlatan and Lukaku could possibly play together, and then about the Swede’s role, by stating: “I don’t think they can play together as a front two.
“I think that’s the most important goal in that 4-1 victory. Talking about Zlatan and the impact that might have on Manchester United, everyone says it is fantastic to have him back, and it is, to have a player of that quality.
“I just think going forward, the confidence the goal will give him, he hasn’t scored for a while, and the big man is back.”
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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