Benjamin Mendy took a dig at Zlatan Ibrahimovic on social media site Twitter after the latter’s recent comment on his fitness following Manchester United’s match against Newcastle.
The Old Trafford club beat the Magpies 4-1 over the weekend in the Premier League, and Zlatan featured for the club for the first time this season after a 7-month injury lay-off.
The former Swedish international suffered a horrific knee injury during United’s Europa League encounter against Anderlecht back in April. The length of the injury was so bad that it built up the fear that the veteran forward would miss out for the entirety of 2017.
But Zlatan, being the personality that he is, fought back to fitness rather surprisingly, and made a return months earlier than predicted.
Post the side’s emphatic win, Zlatan was at his humorous self, and when asked by BT Sport about whether he was worried about coming back after such a serious injury, he replied: “No because lions they do not recover like humans,” which made Paul Pogba giggle beside him.
Ibrahimovic’s monumental effort comes at a crucial time for the club given the hectic period ahead, as Jose Mourinho lauded the Swede for his professionalism and character.
But it was Mendy, who often posts several funny things on Twitter, that took a dig at the decorated striker, and it did not go down too well with several Zlatan fans.
The Manchester City full-bach shared an update from his own ACL injury, which he suffered in September, and chose a hashtag titled: “Sharks don’t recover like humans”.
The former Monaco player often refers Pep Guardiola’s side as the ‘Shark Team’ and his funny tweet did not go as planned.
— Charlotte Duncker (@CharDuncker) November 18, 2017
Copying Zlatan??? pic.twitter.com/7zMeVx6nS1
— LSUnited (@chitownLSUfan91) November 19, 2017
Dont copy Zlatan !!!! Get your own orignal line … Zlatan is at a different level than u so just pick an orignal line n dont copy the original Superstar and his lines !!!
— Mike Knight (@Possimpible7) November 19, 2017
United face City on December 10 at Old Trafford, and will look to win maximum points to stay afloat in challenging their rivals for the title. The Citizens lead Mourinho’s men by eight points, and are at the summit of the Premier League table.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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