Thursday 18 January 2018

Zlatan had a very Zlatan-esque reaction after Paul Pogba denied him a hat-trick chance


Callum Davis

The bromance between Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic is already one of the best things about the Premier League so far this season.

The pair have hit it off away from the pitch in recent weeks, and the duo proved they were just as compatible on the pitch in Manchester United's first home game of the season.

Pogba put in a commanding midfield performance in his first Premier League game since completing his £89m move in the summer.

The Frenchman completed an impressive 90 minutes for Manchester United as Jose Mourinho maintained his 100% league record as manager.

But it was fellow Old Trafford new- boy Zlatan Ibrahimovic who stole the show on Pogba's return to the Premier League.

The 34-year-old opened the scoring with a towering header in the 35th minute before doubling his tally from the penalty spot in the second half.

Ibrahimovic's goals earned the Swede the man of the match award following the culmination of the match and Sky Sports' Geoff Shreeves asked Paul Pogba to do the honours in passing the striker his award.

In true Zlatan style, Ibrahimovic took the opportunity to criticise the 22-year-old for not passing him the ball for a potential home debut hat-trick.

"Pass the ball, you have to pass!" Ibrahimovic pleaded when Pogba was asked how close he came to marking his second debut with a goal. "Next time you pass!"

Paul Pogba jokingly jostled his new Manchester United teammate in response to the telling off before handing the award over.

"You notice I pass it this time!" Pogba joked.

The two superstars have quickly struck up a strong friendship since Pogba arrived in Manchester.

Pogba even gave his best 'Zlatan' impression during an interview with Thierry Henry, who was down at United's Carrington training ground for Sky Sports.

"He loves to joke. Every time I see him he has to say something about my shoes, about my hair. And the way he talks! No, but he is a very good guy."

Ibrahimovic now has three goals in four appearances for Manchester United, including his late winner in the Community Shield final versus Leicester City.

"I am happy for the team. We are becoming better and better," said Ibrahimovic.

"We need to get used to winning as the mentality part is important. It is the first game of Paul also, he settled in and the rest will come by itself."

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