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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has escaped much of the criticism at Manchester United but the misses are now totting up...
Manchester United's wretched defending against Chelsea was the biggest factor in their 4-0 defeat on Sunday, but it isn't the only reason for concern for Jose Mourinho.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has now gone more than eight hours without a Premier League goal, his worst sequence without a league goal in a decadeIn fact, his only goal in his last eight games in all competitions came against Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League.

Premier League droughts 2016/17

Player Club Shots since scoring
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Man Utd 30
Christian Eriksen Tottenham 28
Ross Barkley Everton 21
Riyad Mahrez Leicester 19
Ibrahimovic is getting chances - he has had more shots (45) than any other Premier League player this season - but he's failed to score with his last 30 attempts.
Only three other players have had 30 shots and none of them have scored fewer than Ibrahimovic. In comparison, Premier League top scorer Diego Costa has seven goals from only 27 shots.
Opta definition of a big chance: A situation where a player should reasonably be expected to score usually in a one-on-one scenario or from very close range.
The 35-year-old cannot even point to the quality of his opportunities. According to Opta, he has missed six of his seven big chances this season.
Opta defines a big chance as one that a player might reasonably be expected to score, but of the 17 players to have had four or more of them Ibrahimovic has the worst conversion rate.

Premier League big chances missed - 2016/17

Player Big chances missed Big chance conversion
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 6 14%
Theo Walcott 6 40%
Jermain Defoe 5 44%
Romelu Lukaku 4 50%

Should Manchester United supporters be encouraged that their centre forward is getting such opportunities or alarmed that he's missing them?
Here, we highlight some of Ibrahimovic's best chances that have been squandered…

Manchester City
United were dominated in the early stages of the Manchester derby but managed to get back into it thanks to Ibrahimovic's expertly struck effort as he capitalised on Claudio Bravo's mistake. But there were opportunities to equalise in the moments that followed.
Ibrahimovic headed straight at Bravo from close range on the stroke of half-time and when the goalkeeper failed to deal with a situation in stoppage time, Ibrahimovic only had to beat the man on the line but scuffed his shot badly. City survived the wobble to claim the three points.

Perhaps United's most surprising defeat under Mourinho came at Vicarage Road where they went down 3-1 to Watford, losing for the third consecutive game in a row. But Ibrahimovic had the chance to give his side some momentum with the score goalless in the first half.

Ibrahimovic missed a key chance in the 3-1 defeat away to Watford
Rashford's low cross from the right found its way to the striker, but instead of turning the ball into the net with his left foot he could only find the side-netting. Watford took the lead 13 minutes later so this was another wasted chance that proved costly.

United looked set for a straightforward afternoon at home to a Stoke side that had taken just two points from their first six games of the season, especially when Ibrahimovic found himself one-on-one with Lee Grant inside three minutes.

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