Jose Mourinho claimed a lack of confidence among his Manchester United players was the reason for their direct approach during the second half of Tuesday's 1-1 draw against Everton.
"Ibra" eventually did level the scores in stoppage time with a penalty to cancel out Phil Jagielka's 22nd-minute opener, but Mourinho said the Red Devils had been unfairly denied victory.
Indeed, it sounds like Mourinho is rehashing Pat Sharp's old Fun House schtick - "Use your body and your brain if you want to play the game..." "It's a hard one for the linesman, I'm not criticizing him at all", he told BT Sport.
The striker said before kick-off that he and the club are "still in talks" about signing a new deal for next season and they are indebted to the Swede for his 27 goals this term, many of which have been on important occasions.
"The players gave everything". "He has to change his football brain".
If Everton won, they would've leaped over Arsenal and United to take the fifth spot in the table, just five points behind Man City in fourth; while they still would've had basically no realistic shot of finishing in the top four, they could've at least pretended they did without getting laughed at.
But with the gap to the top four and Champions League qualification potentially extending to seven points if results go against them on Wednesday, Ibrahimovic called for rapid improvement. "It is mathematically possible but depends on our opponents", Mourinho said. "It is an awesome run of 20 matches unbeaten but too many draws at home". Because of that, we are in the position we are. We've had lots of ultra-defensive teams coming here, but we need to score goals.
"It's one thing for Marcus Rashford, who comes past year with no responsibility and scores a goal".
"We need at this level the fantastic body he has to play football, the fantastic physical qualities he has, the very good technical ability he has - but he can not play with my understanding of the game".
"At the end we equalized".
Ibrahimovic had the ball in the net in the second half but it was ruled out for offside and their offensive problems at home haunted them once more. "He has to improve and we have to help". The game plan worked and we knew we would have to soak up some pressure.
"It is disappointing not to see out that final attack".
"Did one decision go against us?"
"We need to dust ourselves down now".