There may have been a moment, after referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot, when Wayne Rooney fondly imagined he might still be Manchester United’s penalty taker. He eyed the target happily. Here we go. Game over. Manchester United goal No 247, coming right up.
And then a giant man with a top-knot calmly collected the ball and placed it on the penalty spot. Rooney lives in Zlatan’s world now. And in Zlatan’s world only one man gets to take the penalties. Here’s a clue: it’s not Wayne Rooney.
So Zlatan Ibrahimovic stepped up and stuck the ball, smartly, low to Fraser Forster’s right. It was his second goal of the night and Manchester United were 2-0 up. Meaning all was right in Zlatan’s world.