This is the longest Zlatan Ibrahimovic has gone without scoring in over a decade. And his teammate, Ander Herrera believes he will regain his form soon enough.
The former Sweden international was kept at bay by a man-of-the-match display from Burnley goalkeeper, Tom Heaton on Saturday, with Dyche’s men playing poorly and escaping with a 0-0 draw.
Mourinho spent the second half in the stands and Ander Herrera took an early shower following a foul on Dean Marney, after he was shown a controversial second yellow.
Nevertheless, Ibrahimovic’s inability to score in six games now, for the first time since December 2007 is a setback overshadowing Manchester United’s form.
“If one player can get back and pass this moment it’s him because of his attitude, his character, the way he works,” Herrera told reporters. “I have no doubt he is going to score a lot of goals for us.
“But it is not only him. We missed a lot of chances, not only him.
“He is giving us a lot of things for the team. Some of the chances we created came because of him, so we cannot tell him anything.
“We have to say that we have one of the best strikers in the world and his attitude, his character is top.”
Herrera earned justifiable sympathy over his dismissal after he appeared to lose his footing before colliding with Marney, with referee Mark Clattenburg doing little to further endear himself to Mourinho or the Old Trafford faithful by brandishing red.
“For the first yellow card, I bent my knees, I didn’t want to kick the opponent,” he explained.
“For the second, I slid. But I don’t want to complain because I don’t want to be banned for more games.
“The only thing I can say is that I didn’t want to make those fouls. I am not a violent player. I slipped.”