Misfiring Manchester United frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed he does in fact “try” during matches.
The Swede, who arrived on a free transfer from PSG, hit the ground running at old Trafford with five goals in his first five games, but since then the goals have dried up.
The 35-year-old is enduring a difficult run of form and he has scored just one goal in his last 11 appearances.
He was a first-half substitute in the Europa League group game against Fenerbahce on Thursday as United slipped to a 2-1 defeat.
Ibrahimovic replaced Paul Pogba on the half-hour mark, but he couldn’t break his barren run which has seen him now score just once since September 10 – against Zorya Luhansk.
Whether the striker was attempting a veiled dig at his team-mates or not, Ibrahimovic’s post-match comments were somewhat strange.
“I come in and try,” he told his official website. “We’re chasing goals the whole time, so it didn’t turn out like the match we anticipated.”
The retired Sweden international caused controversy during the game in Turkey when he grabbed the throat of defender Simon Kjaer before whispering something in his ear.
Some outlets claim he could face a charge over the confrontation, but the forward described the incident as “nothing special”.