Swansea City defender Mike van der Hoorn is on red alert for Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic
4th November 2016
Mike van der Hoorn insists the Swans must be on red alert to limit Zlatan Ibrahimovic's influence on Sunday.
Manchester United visit the Liberty looking to bounce back from Thursday night's Europa League defeat against Fenerbahce.
The Swedish striker was introduced 30 minutes into the tie due to an injury to midfielder Paul Pogba, but he was unable to inspire a comeback as Jose Mourinho's side went down 2-1 in Turkey.
The Swans are also looking for a reaction after a disappointing loss at Stoke City on Monday night.
And van der Hoorn knows keeping Ibrahimovic quiet is key to the Swans' hopes of picking up a positive result.
The Dutch defender is well aware of Ibrahimovic's quality, having played against him in a Champions League tie between Ajax and Paris Saint-Germain in 2014.
"I have played against him before - he scored to put PSG ahead with a goal from nowhere," said van der Hoorn. "He has that rare quality of scoring when you least expect it.
"People can be fooled into thinking that he is having a quiet game and then he creates a moment of genius and scores.
"Manchester United have many, many good players but he is one we must do our best to keep quiet on Sunday."
Since his summer switch from Ajax, van der Hoorn has featured in four Premier League games, most recently at Stoke earlier this week.
Bob Bradley's side head into Sunday's game with United hoping to pick up a first victory since the opening-day win at Burnley.
And van der Hoorn believes a home win would prove a major shot in the arm for the squad.
"It has been a very difficult start for us," said the 24-year-old. "Results have not gone our way and when you are near the bottom positions you find you often don't get the luck or the 50/50 decisions.
"But all that matters right now is getting three points. A win over Manchester United would give the team a lot more confidence, which in turn gives you more freedom in your play.
"We have worked hard with the manager in training. He has put across his ideas and now it's up to us to follow them through."
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