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By James Strudwick

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has slammed Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his first-half performance in last week’s League Cup game.

The Swedish forward started the clash in a strong side put out by Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, including world-record signing Paul Pogba, just three days after their 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Chelsea in the Premier League.

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However the 35-year old struggled to make an impact on the game in the first half against a weakened Manchester City side, which included some young players.

“I don’t think Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had a worse 45 minutes in his entire career,” Carragher told Sky Sports at the break.

“They’re not playing Man City, they’re playing Man City reserves.”

Ibrahimovic’s performance improved slightly in the second half as he provided the assist for Juan Mata’s winning goal after 58 minutes.

The ex-Liverpool player wasn’t the only person who thought this, as fans watching the game took to social media to share their views on Ibrahimovic’s poor performance.

The striker played under the current United manager during his time at Inter Milan in the 2008-09 season, when he made 47 appearances and scored 29 goals in all competitions as part of his second spell at the San Siro.

The former Barcelona and Ajax forward has so far netted four goals in nine Premier League games for the Red Devils but is still yet to find overall consistency at the club.