Man Utd Dealt Huge Blow: Key Man Ruled Out Of Arsenal Showdown

By on November 7, 2016

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester-United

Manchester United have been dealt a huge blow with the news that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be suspended for the huge showdown against Arsenal later this month.

Jose Mourinho’s men welcome their old foes to Old Trafford on November 19th after the international break but they will now take on the Gunners without their star striker.

Ibrahimovic ended his barren goal-scoring run with two well taken goals during the Red Devils 3-1 victory over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

However, the enigmatic Swede was also shown a yellow card for a foul on Leroy Fer during the closing stages of the game, which was the strikers fifth booking of the season meaning he’s been handed an automatic one-game suspension.

The ban comes in to affect immediately so the former Paris Saint-Germain hitman will now sit out the visit of Arsenal when the two clubs face-off at Old Trafford later this month.

The absence of Ibrahimovic, United’s top scorer this season with eight goals in 17 appearances, will come as a huge blow to Mourinho as the Portuguese coach prepares to lock horns with old foe Arsene Wenger.

Yesterday’s win in Wales saw United move back up to sixth place in the Premier League table but they remain six points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal following their 1-1 draw with Tottenham, so Mourinho will be hoping to close that gap with a win in two weeks time.

Wayne Rooney returned to United’s starting eleven on Sunday and could retain his place in attack, however, Marcus Rashford is expected to replace Ibrahimovic and play through the middle against the Gunners.

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