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.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has claimed that he would be open to the possibility of joining Bayern Munich

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has claimed that he would be open to the possibility of joining Bayern Munich.

There are already a lot of transfer speculation surrounding the 33-year-old, who is one of the flag bearers for Paris St Germain. Since his move to the French capital, PSG have become a major force in world football. The presence of such an enigmatic and world-class striker alone has helped the club attract other top names like Lucas and Edinson Cavani. However, the journey with PSG may be coming to an end for Ibrahimovic, who has been in talks with AC Milan over a potential return to the San Siro.

The big Swede could possibly be looking at his final major move in his career. He has already played for a lengthy list of top clubs including Barcelona, Juventus, and AC Milan. He has also covered three major European leagues during this period. While a potential move to the Premier league has been an ever present rumour, there are suggestions that Bayern Munich could come in for the striker. Robert Lewandowski is the recognised forward at the Allianz Arena. Even though Bayern Munich are coached by Guardiola – with whom Ibrahimovic have had a major fallout, the forward has confirmed that he would be open to the German club.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic a Superstar and a Ruthless Person

Zlatan Ibrahimovic can be very, very ruthless at times. Of course he is a superstar, probably the biggest one playing in France. Still, the way he talks sometimes, it’s not likeable.

But, he is that way only. He is the same with the opposing players on the pitch, the same with the match officials and the same with the media people.

You just don’t want to upset the guy; otherwise, there is a very high possibility that you would find yourself being caught in an embarrassing situation.

Luis Enrique credited Zlatan as most Dangerous Player

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has credited Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the most dangerous player that the Catalan outfit have to be warned about when they take on Paris St Germain in the Champions League group stages.

Ibrahimovic has already hurt Barcelona on more than one occasion since leaving the club after just one season. The big Swede has struggled with injury problems this season, but he seems to be fit and ready going into this encounter. PSG need only a draw in order to finish top of the group, which should provide them an easier draw in the last 16 round.

The 33-year-old has immense experience to ensure that Paris St Germain have enough possession in the other half of the pitch so that Barcelona do not hurt them with the incredible quality that they possess through the form of Lionel Messi and Neymar. Enrique says that should Ibrahimovic player his normal level, he will pose an imposing challenge for the Barcelona defenders. Defending has not been always Barcelona’s greatest strengths and this has been exposed many times this season. After a disappointing Champions League campaign last season under Gerardo Martino, Luis Enrique will be aware that Barcelona need to top the group at any cost.

“We are talking about a top player. If he is at his normal level he is very difficult to stop.I always like to transmit to the team the idea that we defend as a unit. If we manage to work collectively and work in a block and pressure well then the ball won’t get through to Ibra. And if the ball doesn’t get through to Ibra then his effectiveness is reduced.But as he showed against Ajax at any moment he is capable of scoring and of deciding a match,” said the Barcelona manager.

Okaka thinks Balotelli should have been successful

Stefano Okaka, the Italian striker, reckons that his countryman Mario Balotelli could have been hugely successful at his previous club AC Milan if he had been as matured as Zatan Ibrahimovic.

Balotelli played for Milan for one and half seasons, while, Ibrahimovic was there for a slightly longer period i.e. for two seasons.

There’s not much difference between the strike rates of these two players at Milan, but, still, Okaka considers one as a success, while, the other one as a failure.

Speaking in one of his interviews recently, Okaka said, “I don’t think Mario managed to do as well as he could have here in Italy and his temperament is the reason for that.”

“Look at somebody like Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He had also come to Milan with big reputation, but, he was extremely calm during his time. He never tried to put blame on anyone for anything. He just played his game and scored a lot of goals.”

“Mario, on the other hand, was very different. He never introspects. You will always find him blaming others. I mean he is a fantastic talent no doubt and he might find that old spark at Liverpool, but, at Milan, he could have done much better.”

Ibrahimovic was actually placed on loan to Milan during the 2010-11 Season by his then parent club Barcelona and the Sweden international fired in 14 goals for the Rossoneri to earn a permanent contract the next summer.

The 32-year old was even more successful in 2011-12 striking at a rate of almost 1 goal per match in the Italian top tier.

However, that proved to be Ibrahimovic’s last season at Milan as he moved to the French club Paris Saint Germain in July 2012. He cost PSG 20 million Euros.