'A disgusting challenge': West Ham goalkeeper slammed after horror tackle on Zlatan
Phil Neville has branded a tackle inflicted on Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic by West Ham keeper Adrian in Wednesday night’s EFL Cup quarter-final as ‘disgusting’ and dangerous.
Ibrahimovic fired United into an early lead with a neat finish past the onrushing Hammers keeper, but it was the high-footed challenge served up by Adrian as he tried in vain to stop the goal that was the big talking point, with the Swedish marksman lucky to escape serious injury.
Ibrahimovic’s leg was not planted into the Old Trafford pitch and that saved him from an injury that could have sidelined him for a lengthy period, but Neville was unforgiving in his assessment of the challenge.
“It was impossible for the referee to see and we missed it first time around, but it is a disgusting challenge really,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“The way he plants his foot into the leg of Zlatan and it could have caused him major danger.”
Images of the challenge flooded social media in the minutes after it was delivered, with referee Mike Jones failing to hand out any punishment to the keeper as his view of the incident was blocked by a sea of legs.
That may encourage Football Association chiefs to consider retrospective disciplinary action of Adrian, with the game’s governing body only stepping in to hand out punishments if match officials have missed the initial incident.