‘They just know Zlatan is coming back to haunt us’: Manchester United fans react to the imminent return of their former hero Ibrahimovic after drawing AC Milan in the Europa League for the last 16 years.
- Manchester United was drawn in the round of 16 against AC Milan in the Europa League
- It means Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to return to Old Trafford in March
- The forward scored 29 goals in two years at United and is now the talisman of AC Milan
- Social media exploded when it was revealed that Zlatan will be returning to his former club
Manchester United fans fear Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to pursue their club after the Red Devils paired against AC Milan in Friday’s Europa League round of 16.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will welcome the Swedish striker and Rossoneri in early March, just three years after Ibrahimovic left Old Trafford to end his two-year stint with the Premier League giants.
The 39-year-old has scored 29 goals in 53 games for the Red Devils and is currently battling Milan for the Serie A title – and United fans fear Ibrahimovic could help keep Milan out of the competition next month.
ManUnited fans fear that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will follow their side in the Europa League next month
Social media exploded after AC Milan drew United in the Europa League in the round of 16
When a fan saw the draw, he tweeted, “You just know that Zlatan is coming back to chase us. Pray for (Victor) Lindelof & (Harry) Maguire. ‘
Another said: ‘Zlatan master class against our defense, 100% #UELdraw’
A very excited support from United added, “TIME FOR THE GREATEST BRAWLER IN BUSINESS TO COME FACE TO FACE: ZLATAN HE FLIES KICKS IBRAHIMOVIC AGAINST HARRY I HEAD COPPER FOR FUN MAGUIRE.”
United have reason to fear Ibrahimovic in European competition as the Swedish striker helped the club win the 2017 Europa League under Jose Mourinho.
Ibrahimovic scored 29 goals in 53 games in his two years as United’s lead man
Ibrahimovic helped United win three trophies in 2017, including the Europa League title
The striker scored five goals in 11 games en route to the final in Stockholm despite Ibrahimovic missing out on Ajax’s 2-0 win to win the Europa League due to injury.
One supporter described this year’s Europa League encounter as a “clash of the fallen giants,” meaning both United and Milan are not achieving what they want both domestically and in Europe.
The 2017 Europa League title remains the last silver to be won by the Red Devils, while Milan have only won two Italian Super Cups since their last title win ten years ago.
One supporter called the upcoming Europa League title a “battle of the fallen giants”.
United have not won a trophy since 2017 and Milan have not won a European title since 2007
Meanwhile, the Rossoneri have not won a European cup since winning the Champions League in 2007, though Milan won the Club World Cup trophy later that year.
United reached the round of 16 with a 4-0 aggregate win over Real Sociedad. Milan meanwhile prevailed on the away goals rule against the Serbian club Red Star.
Elsewhere in the draw, Arsenal were handed back to Olympiacos in the round of 16. The Gunners were beaten by the Greek team in the last sixteen last season and played their last European game on Olympiacos floor as a neutral venue.
Tottenham drew with Croatian Dinamo Zagreb in the first leg, while Scottish Rangers will face Slavia Prague.