By Emma Sanders
Zlatan Ibrahimovic made the tongue-in-cheek threat to Paul Pogba that he would be removed from free-kick duties if he did not score in the second half of Manchester United’s 1-0 victory against Tottenham.
The centre-forward joked with his midfield teammate during Sunday’s clash, claiming he would have to take Pogba off the next free-kick if it wasn’t up to scratch.
His threatening words almost had the desired effect as Pogba produced a stunning effort which rattled the crossbar, with Hugo Lloris firmly beaten.
“I said to Paul [Pogba,] you better shoot in the goal. This is the last free-kick I will give you,” Ibrahimovic told MUTV.
Both Ibrahimovic and Pogba have proven in the past they are capable of scoring some sensational free-kicks but the Frenchman has taken charge of the majority for United this season.
The duo were unable to get on the score-sheet during Sunday’s victory though and United relied on Henrikh Mkhitaryan to give them the lead shortly before the half an hour mark.
The attacking midfielder was overlooked by Jose Mourinho for much of the season but has been one of his side’s best players in recent weeks.
He was stretchered off shortly before full-time with an ankle injury and is expected to be out of action for a few weeks, which will come as a huge blow for United.
They currently sit just three points behind Spurs in sixth place following the 1-0 victory.
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