IBRAHIMOVIC’S STORY AT OLD TRAFFORD ENDS

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was heavily speculated to move to Old Trafford.


The coach, the player and his reps and even both clubs kept mum on the whole deal. The media were right as he eventually joined Man United for free from PSG.

They signed the 35-year old for a year with the option of an extra year. However with the injury to the Swede, United are looking elsewhere. Sky Sports reports that the club would not offer him an extension as they focus resources on getting a top replacement.

Already the club has submitted a bid for Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid. With the Premier League set to publish the list of released players on Friday, the former Barcelona and AC Milan star’s name would likely be on it.

IBRAHIMOVIC HAS SUCCESSFUL KNEE SURGERY

Manchester United star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic would get to feature soon again after undergoing a successful knee surgery.


The Swede star says he is “fixed and stronger” after the operation in the United States of America.

The 35-year old former PSG striker damaged his cruciate knee-ligament as United defeated Anderlecht in April’s Europa League quarter final. The injury was thought would have far reaching implications but the player’s agent Mino Raiola has said Ibrahimovic is on the path to “full recovery.” He is expected to begin his rehabilitation in Pittsburgh but United are poised to look for his replacement during the summer.

Zlatan has netted 28 goals this season but United have still had an underwhelming season. He joined for a year but he has the option of an extra year. He is yet to agree to a new deal and with the injury that discussion seemed to be paused.

United are set to play a crucial game with Celta Vigo at Estadio de Balaidos on Thursday. Jose Mourinho and his boys are seeking for a strong display in the first leg of the semi final clash as they hope to lift the title and make the Champions League next season.

OWEN – UNITED WILL BEAT ROSTOV

Michael Owen has said that Manchester United will win their games even as they face Rostov in Russia on Thursday.


The Premier League legend is confident that the team would continue their good form despite a few stumbles of recent in the league.

United are poised to fly to Russia for their Europa League match. The club has an impressive history playing in the far Eastern European country – they are yet to lose a game in their last four appearances and they defeated Chelsea in Moscow in the Champions League final in 2008. Additionally, the team has been impressive in the Europa League this term.

Owen believes all these will help United when they play Rostov.

“United have fond memories of Russia in recent years given they won the 2008 Champions League final against Chelsea in Moscow. And they are also unbeaten in their last four away ties against Russian opposition.

IBRAHIMOVIC RETURNS TO ‘WHERE IT ALL STARTED’

Despite the fact Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains a world class player at the top of his game for Manchester United; it doesn’t stop the high wage earner from paying a trip down to where it all started in his native Sweden.


It was revealed by Sportsmail on Sunday that the Swede is prepared to reject a £120m offer from a Chinese club to extend his contract with United, and the charismatic striker showed his usual humility by visiting the playing area dedicated to him.

The playing area named “Zlatan Court,” is a purpose-built practice pitch acquired by Nike for the children of the Rosengard estate, was where the former PSG striker first got exposed to football and where the dream to become a professional footballer started.

The Swedish park that idolizes Ibrahimovic was his gateway to glory, and there is even a message inscribed on a bridge in the district which carries the message: ‘You can take the man out of Rosengard, but you cannot take the Rosengard out of the man.’

HENRY BACKS IBRAHIMOVIC DESPITE GOAL DROUGHT

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has backed Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to recover from his goal drought that is gradually crippling the Red Devils.


The Swede has played six straight games without any goal in the Premier League. His poor run is a key contributing factor to United placing eight in the current standings. The drought is ensuring the superstar gets criticized for every move, and fans are gradually growing weary as the current run sharply contradicts the fine start under Mourinho.

Henry, who is a Premier League legend, disclosed on Monday Night Football on Sky Sports that Ibrahimovic has the mental strength to recover.

“All the questions have been about Jose Mourinho and Wayne Rooney but now they are about Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It’s the first time he’s found himself in this situation in his career. He usually puts them in the back of the net because this doesn’t happen to him often,” Henry said.

The 35-year old Sky Sports pundit has enough experience in the Premier League and playing at the highest level. Yet, he maintains that Ibrahimovic will bounce back just fine despite the huge pressure.

“He’s going to have to deal with it. I know he has the character and the ability to deal with it but it will be better for him if it happens sooner rather than later,” the ex-France international also chipped in.

FORMER UNITED COACH CONFESSED TO WANTING IBRAHIMOVIC

A former coach of Manchester United Mike Phelan confessed that the club had always wanted to add Swede superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the Red Devils squad.


Phelan was the assistant to United’s legendary coach Sir Alex Ferguson. Currently, he is the caretaker manager of Hull City – new entrants into the Premier League, but he was Ferguson’s main man between 2008 and 2013. With Hull taking on United with the hope to claim maximum points after three games, he made the revelation that he admires the top striker as United had always wanted him.

“There have to be moments, in a career span like Sir Alex Ferguson had, when you come across and think about such players as Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The size of Manchester United means you want to recruit the very best. It demands it. He had to be a target. I am sure he was on the radar many times,” he disclosed.

Phelan said the Swedish player has only played for top clubs all through his career, comparing his signature to that of Eric Cantona who joined in 1992. He claimed Eric was “certainly a catalyst” and he “brought expectation and spirit.” He claimed Zlatan is the right player, with the right club at the right time.

Ibrahimovic Proud Of His Career In Sweden

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has been the forward for Sweden has always been proud of his career and has said this while announcing his exit from Euro 2016 on 22nd June.


After playing in Sweden for close to 16 years, the player finally announced his retirement. He has made a record of 62 goals and 115 caps, which is the best performance any Swedish player could have shown. Ibrahimovic has been regarded as the top footballer at least eight times. He participated with a lot of enthusiasm in 2 world cups and 2 European Championship for his country. The player has no regret about his exit as he has made good memories of playing for his country. He has been very proud of his achievements so far and played well as a captain for Sweden.

The Swedish footballer was also signed with Ajax and A.C. Milan previously and joined Paris Saint Germain in the year 2012. He had won 4 titles of Ligue 1 consecutively and was the top scorer for 3 seasons in Ligue 1. He is one among the 10 players who successfully made over 100 appearances in the Swedish national football team.

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC SET TO LEAVE PSG THIS SUMMER

Swede star player, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to leave the French outfit Paris St-Germain this summer.


The player has been heavily linked with a move to Los Angeles Galaxy. The 34-year-old Sweden striker’s contract with the French champions expires in the summer, and he has been linked with Manchester United, Los Angeles Galaxy and AC Milan.

The player used popular social media website, Twitter. He posted via his personal handle:

“I am very proud.

“I came like a king, I leave like a legend but I will be back.”

Few minutes later, the club’s official handle replied saying they wished him the best. PSG said Ibrahimovic leaves as “the greatest striker and one of the very best players in the club’s history.” Ibrahimovic is the club’s record goal scorer despite only joining the club in 2012, his 152 goals coming in 178 appearances. PSG have won Ligue 1 in every season Ibrahimovic has been at the club, wrapping up the title this season with two months to spare.

The player said:

“I loved every day I spent here.”

Ibrahimovic has won league titles with six different clubs added:

LVG: ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC IS TOO OLD

Head coach of Manchester United, Louis Van Gaal, says Paris Saint Germain striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is too old for his squad. The embattled coach spoke in an interview with the Swedish TV station Viasat. He said while he would not completely rule out the striker, he is a bit reluctant because of his age.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 30 goals in the French Ligue 1 this season for his club in 26 matches. The 34-year-old centre Swedish forward has also scored five champions league goals in nine matches this season for The Red and Blue.

LVG described the performance of Ibrahimovic this season “unbelievable.” The huge striker would be out of his current contract with the French giants during this summer. The amazing talent has been linked with to a number of Premier League teams including Manchester United.

LVG pointed out to several players above 30 that have left since he took over at Old Trafford. His team were ridiculed by second place Tottenham this weekend. The Spurs defeated The Red Devils by 3-0 in a stunning second half display by Eric Lamela. Manchester united were hoping to win so they could put pressure on Manchester City that are ahead of them in fourth place by a point.

On Ibrahimovic, LVG said: “I like [our] own youth players more because they already know the culture in Manchester United, and that is also the philosophy for example of Ajax or Barcelona and also Bayern Munich.”

Real Madrid and Rafael Benitez need points and they need them fast

Real Madrid’s start of the 2015-16 season is certainly not a memorable one as they had to settle with a goal-less draw against Sporting Gijon and have already started to drop points and they need to bounce back from this early struggle in order to not stay too far behind from their rivals Barcelona who have already taken the lead.

Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and all of the star players of Real Madrid played in this match with the exception of Karim Benzema who was going through a recovery process after having picked up an injury.

When the match was over, the scoreboard displayed 0-0 as neither side managed to score a single goal but this lifeless score did not accurately reflect what had occurred in the pitch as Real Madrid dominated the game from start till the end.

67% of possession was enjoyed and controlled by Real Madrid and the team of Rafael Benitez had the upper hand in everything else. The visiting team launched 8 shots on target meanwhile Sporting Gijon did not have a single shot that was threatening or on target at all.

Real Madrid completed 555 passes while Sporting Gijon delivered less than half with 205 passes.

Sporting Gijon played the match of their lives; they performed like if this game could have been the decisive factor between winning a major title and losing it. There is no doubt that the home team truly deserved the draw but more importantly than the draw is the point that they collected.