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Zlatan the Redeemer clips the Saints’ wings

In the end, the clinical powerhouse that is Zlatan Ibrahimovic put to rest a valiant resurgence by Southampton in the 2017 EFL Cup final. Outplayed for vast quantities of the game, we were (once again) grateful to this season’s talisman for what looked at times an undeserved victory.

This is not to say that we didn’t deserve the win – you can only be judged on the final scoreline – but Southampton’s performance merited at least the possibility of extra time. Even the manager, usually so reserved in his praise for opposing teams, was profuse in his admittance of the Saints’ dominance over 90 minutes. According to him, this was a game in which “[Southampton] was better than us for long periods of the game”.  And yet, we leave Wembley the victors: trophy number 65 in hand, and no amount of criticism from rival fans can take that away.

Critics will point to Southampton’s wrongly disallowed opener changing the face of the match. Others, of the United persuasion, may mention Bobby Stokes’ offside goal in the 1976 final…let’s just call it even for now. Officials will always be scrutinised, but we can only play to the whistle and decision.

 

United approached this fixture as game number four in the space of just eleven days. Combined with Mourinho’s apparent unwillingness to rotate the squad accordingly, the recipe was there for an underwhelming, fatigued performance. “The fuel was not in our legs” – the strikingly accurate synopsis offered by the manager. And this was evident throughout. The back four were shaky; this was possibly Eric Bailly’s worst game in a United shirt, and Marcos Rojo had the look of a man coached by Louis Van Gaal. Paul Pogba, despite having been described as “outstanding” by the manager, had in the eyes of most of the United support, one of his most peripheral performances in the shirt. Remarkably, our entire team could have afforded themselves the luxury of an off-day, because of the sheer force of will of the self-proclaimed ‘King’ of Sweden.

 

 

We took the lead courtesy of his nineteenth minute free-kick. A thing of beauty, but one well overdue (I’ve lost count of the amount of wall-struck free kicks offered up ’til now); Jessie Lingard’s Wembley love-affair shows no signs of fizzling out – his stroked finish on 38 minutes saw us cruising, wholly against the run of play. Before this, Southampton had continually threatened, with Oriel Romeu hitting the woodwork and Gabbiadini’s disallowed finish leaving the Saints’ march rather stunted. The ex-Napoli man injected some urgency into the fixture just after the interval, his finish expertly passing through David de Gea’s usually bolted-shut legs, one minute into first-half injury time. Gabbiadini (already far and away Liverpool’s next-best striker at this point) restored parity to the scoreline with another brilliant finish from inside the box.

Fast-forward through 40 minutes of Southampton routinely leaving us second-best, enter Zlatan. Ander Herrera’s (more often praised for his grit and aggressiveness this season) produced a beautifully lofted pass to find the Swede, who – of course – headed the ball over Fraser Forster and ultimately crushed the Saints’ hopes of another 30 minutes at Wembley. The big man’s stats now read as follows: game number 38; goal number 26, trophy number two (so far).

Zlatan Raises the fruit of his labours agains Southampton (picture: Press Association).
Zlatan raises the fruit of his labours against Southampton (picture: Press Association).

Now, I may have sounded entirely effusive in my description of Zlatan’s contribution to the final. It’s impossible not to be when a player has such a singularly dominant performance. And yet there’s some room for me to leave you with a slight concern as well, particularly when it comes to Zlatan’s role and position in the squad.

After arriving from what may be a wrongly or rightly labelled ‘weak’ Ligue 1, the former PSG player has unequivocally proven his capabilities as a top performer, tried and tested in all of Europe’s major leagues. What troubles me is that this year will be 36. Is it wise of Mourinho to depend so heavily on an ageing player who, whilst undoubtedly a positive influence in every imaginable way on our young squad, will surely call time after next season at the latest? Our style of play is so clearly moulded with the focal point of Zlatan in mind. The majority of United fans (I’m sure) called for an exorcism of LVG’s mundane and predictable ‘Philosophy’ after our performances on the pitch took a dour and ineffective shape. Whilst the results and solidity of the team have taken an evident upturn since LVG’s doomed tenure, the style of play in recent fixtures most definitely has not. 

In no way is this concern a call-to-arms on Mourinho’s dependency on Ibrahimovic, but after a season’s worth of seemingly youth-appropriate fixtures has passed us by (i.e. Wigan, St.Etienne, etc.) , there seem to be a fair few talented younger players who aren’t getting their fair share of game time. Was the injury to Henrikh Mkhitaryan really a necessary one? Is the obvious fatigue affecting the squad an avoidable situation? Don’t misinterpret my scepticism for disappointment; Mourinho and United seem a better fit now than at any point – the habit of winning is absolutely invaluable for our squad, and I’m delighted at the way we’re progressing. But the recognition must be there that we are a long way from the finished article.

 

At some point in the future the manager will have to place greater trust on the shoulders of Martial, Rashford and co, because as remarkable a talent as Zlatan is, his star will undoubtedly fade, and we need to have a contingency plan in place for when he does.

 

Man United win thrilling EFL Cup final

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored an 87th minute winner as Manchester United overcame a spirited Southampton side at Wembley in an entertaining EFL Cup final.

United took the lead through a powerful Ibrahimovic free-kick which flew past the diving Fraser Forster.

Jesse Lingard added a second with a composed finish from 12 yards as United looked to cruise to a comfortable victory.

But Southampton roared back in added time of the first half as Gabbiadini pulled one back with a cheeky finish through the legs of De Gea from point blank range.

Southampton started the second half on the front foot and got the equaliser through a fantastic on the turn finish by Gabbiadini again.

United were on the back foot as Southampton looked the most likely to snatch victory. Romeu came closest for the Saints as his header cannoned off the post.

But it was Zlatan who stole the show at Wembley as he powered in a header to seal the victory for United. Ander Herrera delivered an enticing cross and Zlatan converted the chance expertly beyond Forster to break Southampton hearts.

Wayne Rooney lifts the EFL Cup for Manchester United (Picture: guardian.com)
Wayne Rooney lifts the EFL Cup for Manchester United (Picture: guardian.com)

Southampton will feel angry after Gabbiadini had a goal ruled out wrongly for offside when the game was scoreless.

The win secures Jose Mourinho’s first major trophy in his first season as manager of United, a record which no other United manager has achieved.

This silverware is proof of the apparent improvement under Mourinho who has instilled the will to win into the squad, who also have the ability to grind out victories.

The absence of Mkhitaryan meant the fluidity in attack was removed, with Juan Mata being ineffective in the first half. Mourinho hauled off the Spaniard at half-time and introduced Michael Carrick for his calming presence in midfield.

Southampton created all sorts of problems for United, and can feel proud of how hard they fought against a very strong United side, but ultimately the difference in class showed as Zlatan powered in the winner.

Match winner Ibrahimovic said, “This is a team effort. This is what I came for – to win and I am winning. The more I win the more satisfied I get.”

United boss Jose Mourinho commented, “I’m a bit emotional yes. It’s not easy to win titles and so many times. Winning is always special. The day I don’t get emotional when I win is the day to go home.”

This victory will give the players a massive confidence boost to push on in our charge for a top 4 finish. I seriously think that we will finish second in the league, and of course we’re still well in contention in the FA Cup and Europa League.

How do you think this Cup final victory will impact our league form? Is a second place finish in the league too far fetched?

Leave your thoughts below!

Pogba strikes late as United march on!

The world’s most expensive player Paul Pogba scored the winner as Manchester United completed a stunning comeback to give them their fifth consecutive victory and preserve their unbeaten run since October.

Middlesbrough took the surprise lead in the 67th minute through Grant Leadbitter whose right footed strike left Old Trafford stunned.

United struck back in the 85th minute through Frenchman Anthony Martial which lifted the spirits of the crowd as the Red Devils went in search for another goal.

The winner came 86 seconds later through the head of Pogba, who powerfully planted his header into the top corner to score his sixth goal of the season to send Old Trafford wild.

The manner of the victory came on the perfect day for United – the birthday of ex-manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who during his hugely successful time as manager mastered the art of the comeback.

United dominated the entire game and were extremely unlucky to not score earlier having had 32 attempts on goal. Pogba and Martial struck the woodwork and Zlatan Ibrahimovic having a goal harshly disallowed for a high boot in the first half.

Ex United Goalkeeper Victor Valdez was also in good form, saving smartly from Ibrahimovic from close range. It looked like one of them days where the ball would not go in the net for United, whose performance was worthy of the victory.

The win takes United one point away from the top four, extending their unbeaten run in the Premier League to ten games as they intensify their push for a champions league position.

For us United fans the game was hugely frustrating and it seemed like the Burnley match all over again as chance after chance came and went. But United dug deep and ground out the victory, which shows the progression the side has made in the past few months.

A few months ago, as seen against Burnley, we couldn’t make the breakthrough, but today we showed our fighting spirit and signs that the United of old was being revived through a pulsating comeback in the final five minutes.

Jose Mourinho also proved his worth through the introduction of teenager Marcus Ashford, who immediately changed the game and gave United more threat in attack. The win was a huge relief for United, who continue their fine run of form.

What were your thoughts on the game?

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“No one is bigger than the club” they said

Before I go on writing this blog post I want to make it clear that it is a reaction to what I have been reading on Twitter and other media outlets. This means what I am writing is my own opinion formed from rumours I have read and not from facts.

This morning I woke to find Twitter in meltdown over Anthony Martial and his change of shirt number from 9, to 11.

I have read on various websites and blogs that he is “annoyed” with Manchester United – mainly because he just launched his “AM9” brand – and that he has unfollowed the club on both Twitter and Instagram.

Fans have reacted on Twitter by both attacking and defending the player.

Before I give my opinion on the matter, not that it is in any way important, I would also like to mention something else I read this morning. I read that United had apparently told Zlatan Ibrahimovic he could have any number he wanted and so he chose Martial’s number, 9.

Okay, I get that Martial may be a little upset with the number change due to his “AM9” brand being launched. But he only has himself to blame for that. Sure, Cristiano Ronaldo uses his number 7 in his branding. But Ronaldo had that number for years. Martial has had the number 9 for ONE year and doesn’t even wear it when he plays for France.

How did Martial know he wasn’t going to have a tough season next year and perhaps lose the number 9 shirt the year after if another proven, world class striker was brought in? I say that with the assumption that plans to create the “AM9” brand started some time ago, before the Zlatan rumours surfaced.

Since when did players assume that they immediately own a shirt number once they have it? Shirt numbers change all the time.

And yeah, okay, you could argue that the club maybe should have said something to him in advance to show him a little respect. However, I don’t necessarily agree with that. At the end of the day, it wouldn’t have changed anything. Martial was losing the number 9 shirt and he would have still had his back up.

Now the bigger problem here is how Manchester United apparently gave so much freedom to Ibrahimovic, telling him he could have any number he wanted. This would be United pulling out a lovely, rouge lipstick, applying it, puckering up and planting one right on Zlatan’s derriere while gently whispering, “No Zlatan, you are bigger than us. You can have anything you want.”

What happened to “no one is bigger than the club”?

I hope it’s not true that Zlatan had the pick of any number. I would have hoped United would have told Zlatan he could have any of the AVAILABLE numbers. Zlatan is a grown man. I’m sure he would have been okay with picking any available number. Right?

At the end of the day, the club should make the choice on who has what number and not have to worry about hurting someone’s feelings. United should not have to sit down with Martial (or any other player for that matter) and tell him his number would be changing.

If Martial decided to use the number 9 in his branding then that’s on him. Did he discuss using the number in his branding with the club? I bet he didn’t.

As far as I am concerned you get given a number and you play.

5 Reasons to be excited for the new season

On Friday 27th May, the curtain was finally drawn on an era of stale, nostalgic and underwhelming football. For Friday, 27th May, was the day Jose Mourinho was announced in the media as manager of Manchester United. I take a look at how this appointment and various other goings-on at United give us all plenty of reason to be excited for the new season.

Jose Mourinho will bring back the fear factor

It’s no secret that under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, the football frustrated, bored and divided the fans. That last point is an important one. A once ‘united’ fan base had become inwardly hostile. Fighting among United fans on social media became commonplace. All, as a result of what was happening (or not) on the pitch and in the dugout.

United boss Louis van Gaal cuts a frustrated figure as his side struggle against Sheffield United (Picture: mirror.co.uk)
Louis van Gaal showing the same emotion most United fans felt during his time as manager (Picture: mirror.co.uk)

Hopefully that time has come and passed with the appointment of “The Special One”. I strongly believe that having arguably the best manager in world football at the biggest football club in the world is a match made in heaven. Jose was made for this job.

In the few weeks that he has been in charge we have already seen lots of changes made; particularly with recruitment. And since his arrival, social media platforms such as Twitter seem a lot more civilised!

Jose has plenty of experience managing at top and has a fantastic CV boasting an impressive trophy collection. He is a no nonsense manager and will no doubt have United back to winning ways in no time. He will make the Theatre of Dreams a fortress once again.

New signings provide a morale boost for fans

Speaking of recruitment. Jose wasted no time in bringing in new faces. His first acquisition was centre back Eric Bailly, signed from Villareal. With Daley Blind – a midfielder by nature – filling a void in the centre of United’s defence during Van Gaal’s tenure, it’s no surprise that this position was the first to be filled.

That’s not to take anything away from Daley Blind. He did a fantastic job but United are light in that department and it was crucial that a natural centre back was recruited.

Eric Bailly’s biggest traits are his strength and great recovery pace. His rapidly growing talent was also noticed by the likes of Manchester City, Barcelona and PSG who were all interested in securing his services.

Mourinho wasted no time making his first signing, Eric Bailly (Picture: express.co.uk)
Mourinho wasted no time making his first signing, Eric Bailly (Picture: express.co.uk)

Following Eric Bailly into Old Trafford was the one and only Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Quite possibly footballs biggest, worst kept transfer secret in recent history! Rumours had been circling for weeks maybe even months regarding his arrival and were further fueled by the silence of all parties involved. Zlatan’s huge grin and lack of denial when asked about a move to United was surely the confirmation we all were looking for!

Not much else needs to be said about Zlatan other than we simply cannot wait to see him pull on a United shirt and wreak havoc in our oppositions defences!

Zlatan Ibrahimovic outside Carrington (Picture: manutd.com)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Possibly the worst kept transfer secret in recent history! (Picture: manutd.com)

The most recent signing is attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. He impressed for Dortmund in the Bundesliga last season scoring 11 goals and creating 82 chances which included 15 assists. Most of his goals and assists last season came from playing as a right winger and this is a position United so desperately needed to fill.

Second chances

Louis van Gaal spent in excess of £250m on players during his time as Manchester United manager yet an overwhelming majority of his signings failed to live up to their own AND the fans’ standards.

Arguably, the biggest flop of them all is Memphis Depay. He talked the talk but could not walk the walk. We saw flashes of brilliance from him but when you play for Manchester United, consistency is expected.

Memphis Depay (Picture: independent.co.uk)
Memphis has failed to live up to expectations since his arrival from PSV (Picture: independent.co.uk)

Matteo Darmian is another Van Gaal purchase who couldn’t quite reach the level many expected. The Italian right back had a fantastic pre-season with United in the states and it looked as though Rafael Da Silva would quickly be forgotten. However, Darmian’s form declined quickly and he never really got going.

Surprise signing Bastian Schweinsteiger was for me, going to be our best signing of last summer. I watched him play for Germany in the 2014 World Cup and I remember thinking, “This guy is a warrior. I would love him at United”. When he signed I was thrilled. I couldn’t wait to see him play. He had the odd good game but didn’t look like he was up to the job physically. Injuries did not help his cause.

Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates his equaliser for Man United (Source: Daily Mail)
Schweinsteiger’s debut season for United was hampered by injuries (Source: Daily Mail)

Finally, one of the Premier League’s best central midfielders in the previous two seasons; Morgan Schneiderlin. For me, Morgan was hit and miss for the majority of the season. He was good defensively for the most part, making some important tackles and interceptions, but his ball distribution left a lot to be desired.

Now, I don’t want any of the above mentioned players to leave United this summer. All of them are talented footballers.

Take Memphis, Darmian and Schweinsteiger. Each of these players have attacking responsibilities in each of their positions. Memphis an attacking winger; Darmian a right back who likes to get forward with pace and Schweinsteiger, a box-to-box midfielder who is not afraid to get in amongst the goals.

Each of these players were playing in a very rigid system under Louis van Gaal and were somewhat restricted in their play. Under a new manger in Jose Mourinho, the shackles will be off, players will be allowed to express themselves and hopefully, we’ll see the players they were when at their previous clubs. For this reason we should be excited by these players again.

Youth players WILL feature under Mourinho

One big argument the Jose Mourinho naysayers were using as a reason NOT to employ him, was that he does not give youth a chance. This is 100% myth. Totally untrue. You only have to do a quick Google search to discover a plethora of top class footballers who were given their chance as youngsters by Mourinho.

During his first press conference, the new United boss defended his youth policy and rightly so. He also hinted at Rashford and Ibrahimovic playing together and he also made it clear that he understands the club and it’s history and knows exactly what the club AND fans expect of him. This will include giving youth a chance.

Many will hope to see Andreas Pereira feature in Mourinho's plans (Picture: metro.co.uk)
Many will hope to see Andreas Pereira feature in Mourinho’s plans (Picture: metro.co.uk)

A few names have already been dropped as potential breakthrough players this coming season such as, Axel Tuanzebe and Tyrell Warren.

So I am confident that we will see this proud Manchester United tradition continue.

Is a title charge out of the question?

With the arrival of Ibrahimovic, Bailly, Mkhitaryan and possibly Pogba, United look to have plugged a lot of the gaps that plagued the team in recent seasons. So with that in mind coupled with having a winner in Jose Mourinho as our manager, dare we dream of a title charge in his first season? Stranger things have happened. Look at Leicester City.

Is Zlatan the Spark for Dominance?

With the arrival of Zlatan being confirmed today via his Instagram post a lot of parallels have been made of the signing, before even kicking a ball, to another enigmatic striker in one, Eric Cantona.

Now to say that he’d reach the same levels as King Eric would be a tall order indeed but they could share one thing in common when their United career is written. And that is that they may be seen as being the difference in the first league title in a baron time.

So let’s look at the stats; last season Zlatan scored in all competitions, 38 goals and had 13 assists which is not only impressive in its own merit but, when I tell you that United as a squad scored 49 goals last season.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has officially signed for Manchester United (Picture: manutd.com)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has officially signed for Manchester United (Picture: manutd.com)

Now, I can already hear you say, “But John that’s in Ligue 1, anyone can score in that league.” That is a debate for another day. The Swedish talisman has scored 302 league goals in his career and he’ll be among the goals next year.

Zlatan has unwavering confidence

So what does he bring? Not only goals but what I think will be most important for United is that not only will he be able to bring experience to the forward line while passing on knowledge to Wilson/Rashford and others, the main threat he’ll bring is his unwavering confidence he has in himself and what he’ll instill in to this team.

Since Sir Alex left the question can be asked who’s embodied that ‘Never say die’ attitude and show the world why we’re called the Devils. He is arrogant but he has so far showed the world why with his ability and a trophy cabinet many could only dream of.

In Zlatan we have a man who can be the missing spark we need to start a new dawn of dominance for the Red Devils which Cantona did before him. He has always had questions put against him his whole career and he’s always answered his critics. And they’ll mount again until the start of the season, so for now, over to you Zlatan.

Ibrahimovic Deal Edges Closer

UPDATE: 26/06/2016 16:56 – It is understood that a deal between club and player has been agreed and that all is left is for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to fly into Manchester and discuss his role in the team with Jose Mourinho. Read more here.

[Original article below]

The deal that would see Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic join Manchester United appeared to edge closer today as Sky Sports reported that a one year deal had been agreed subject to a medical taking place after Euro 2016.

It has long been thought that a move to United was all but a done deal and the news that personal terms have finally been agreed will come as a relief to incoming boss Jose Mourinho as he takes the first steps towards rebuilding the squad which finished a lowly fifth last season. Though the medical is scheduled to take place following the culmination of Euro 2016 in France, that is seen to be nothing more than a formality.

It is fair to say that the arrival of the charismatic 34-year-old has divided opinion amongst United supporters but securing the signature of one of the most decorated footballers of recent times can be recognised of something of a coup for Mourinho, especially considering the lack of Champions League football on offer next season.

The Swede, fresh from an underwhelming performance in his national side’s 1-1 draw against the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016, will certainly bolster United’s attacking options with Mourinho believed to have complete faith in the development of Marcus Rashford. Ibrahimovic’s arrival will go a long way in helping Rashford improve his all round game as he lines up against a player that has won a league title at each club he has played for since leaving Malmo in 2001.

Ibrahimovic departs Paris Saint Germain this summer after scoring 156 goals in 180 appearances for the French champions.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be the man to take United to the top

Whenever Jose Mourinho’s name was linked with Manchester United, the name Zlatan Ibrahimovic hasn’t been too far behind. Since working together at Inter Milan back in 2009 the pair have struck up a close relationship with one another, with of course one-stand out passion that lies close to each other hearts, their mutual displeasure toward Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola.

It is no secret Pep Guardiola isn’t exactly high on Jose Mourinho’s Christmas card list, nor is it a surprise he isn’t too high on Zlatans. Mourinho’s rivalry with the Spaniard dates back to when the Portuguese managed Real Madrid between 2010-2013, whilst Zlatan’s rivalry dates back to his brief stay at the Nou Camp in 2010, where despite scoring 21 goals for Barcelona was sold a year later to AC Milan.

Their sheer hatred for Guardiola alone could already be seen as us having an upper hand before the season even kicks off. Both have points to prove, Mourinho to show the footballing world that he is truly the best manager on the planet, whilst Zlatan to prove that age really is just a number.

To sit here and say signing Ibrahimovic would not be gamble would be silly as let’s face it, it is a gamble, it’s a massive gamble, but it is a gamble worth taking. Sections of the older generation at Old Trafford have even likened Zlatan to a former United great in Eric Cantona and it is easy to see why. Both display on the football field a certain confidence, arrogance if you will that make them winners. To become successful on the pitch you need a player with that charisma in your side and with Zlatan he has exactly that and Mourinho knows it.

The main negative aspects surrounding this potential signing all point to the youth, more specifically at Marcus Rashford. Rashford’s superb end to last season will not go un-noticed, if anything the arrival of Ibrahimovic would only help the youngster. Training and playing alongside one of the finest strikers of our generation in Ibrahimovic can only be a positive for Rashford, and one he could gain invaluable experience from.

It remains to be seen whether we do indeed sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but one thing is for sure if Zlatan Ibrahimovic is wearing the colours of Manchester United next season, we are already one up on our noisy neighbours before the season has even begun and they know it.

Benzema to partner Ibrahimovic

Imagine that for a moment. Karim Benzema and Zlatan Ibrahimovic playing up-front for Manchester United. Well if reports in the Independent are to be believed. It could happen.

It is understood that Jose Mourinho has identified Karim Benzema as a priority target while Paris Saint-Germain striker Ibrahimovic is close to agreeing a deal to move to Old Trafford to be reunited with old boss, Mourinho. The two became close during their time at Inter Milan.

With current Manchester United captain, Wayne Rooney, now preferring a midfield role, Mourinho will be looking for two fowards to revitalise United’s attacking threat with the Real Madrid forward being preferred to Borussia Drtmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Despite Benzema previously accusing Mourinho of being over-critical of him during their time together at Madrid, the 28-year-old has admitted that the criticism made him a better player.

“Mourinho criticised me. But it was his way of making me react. At the start, it hurt me, but I am used to it now.”

Karim Benzema bagged 79 goals in 150 appearances under Mourinho and was considered a key figure by the manager during his time at the Bernabeu.

Despite Jose’s interest in Benzema, United officials are aware of the problems they may face in signing the player as he is currently in talks with Madrid over a new contract and faces a potential court case after being charged for conspiracy to blackmail. Not to mention his resistance of the Premier League in past seasons.

If you are unsure about Karim Benzema, watch him in action below:

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could join United if Van Gaal leaves

Would you like to see Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a Manchester United shirt? Well, if rumours circulating right now are to be true then it could well happen. There is one condition though; Louis Van Gaal leaves his post as manager in the summer.

This news surfaced today from the Sky Sports News HQ. They also go on to say that Ibrahimovic will be out of contract at Paris Saint Germain this summer and that he is considering all of his options, including the chance to play in the Chinese Super League where he could earn a reported 70 million euros over just two seasons.

In his autobiography, titled “I am Zlatan”, he talks about his strained relationship with Louis Van Gaal during their time at Ajax. Louis Van Gaal was the Technical Director while Ronald Koeman was the team manager.

West Ham are also said to be interested in signing Ibrahimovic but conceded that they would not be able to compete with the money on offer from the Chinese Super League.

A mock-up of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a United shirt (Picture: dailymail.co.uk)
A mock-up of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a United shirt (Picture: dailymail.co.uk)

Personally I would love to see Ibrahimovic playing for United next season. There aren’t many players around of that calibre (especially who are available on a free transfer) and it will be a huge boost to the morale of the club, the fans and the youngsters in the squad.

Would you like to see Ibrahimovic playing for United next season?

  • Yes (93%, 42 Votes)
  • No (7%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 45

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See some of Zlatan’s goals in the video below: