Manchester United's decision to warm up in shirts with the names of their injured teammates on the back has been roundly mocked by social media users.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo will both miss the rest of the season after Manchester United confirmed they had suffered significant knee cruciate ligament injuries in Thursday's Europa League semi-final against Anderlecht.
United's Premier League campaign continued with an away trip to Burnley on Sunday afternoon and the team chose to show their suuport for the injured pair by warming up in shirts bearing the names 'Rojo' and 'Ibrahimovic.
Players including club captain Wayne Rooney wore a training top featuring Ibrahimovic's name while Paul Pogba wore a shirt for Rojo.
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When you've spent 5 years mostly injured & never had shirts from your mates. pic.twitter.com/13LwAWxcWu
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The tribute comes a few months after Manchester City players lined up before a Premier League match jerseys featuring the name Ilkay Gundogan - whose season was ended by a cruciate ligament injury in December.
A number of fans pointed out that neither Phil Jones, Chris Smalling or Luke Shaw were afforded the same gesture, despite spending long periods of the season out injured.
In a statement on Ibrahimovic and Rojo's injuries, United said: “Detailed investigations on the injuries sustained by Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic during Thursday’s Europa League match have confirmed significant knee ligament damage in both players that requires specialist opinions over the coming days.
“Estimations of time to full recovery will only be possible once definitive treatment plans have been decided after these consultations.”