English Premier League side Manchester United are set to extend the contract of forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic by a year.
Manager Jose Mourinho made the revelation, according to the BBC. The 35-year old former Sweden international joined Old Trafford during the summer on a free transfer from French side, Paris St Germain.
Ibrahimovic left PSG after four years at the end of last season on a free transfer with the option of a year extension. In 17 games, his eight goals returns have earned him a new deal of another year.
“We are going to execute the option of a second season. After that he can do what he wants,” Mourinho disclosed.
Ibrahimovic has recorded brilliant stats in various clubs he has played for in his career, and might play beyond his second year at United before he hangs his boot. The 35-year old player scored 62 goals in 116 games for Sweden before he retired this year as captain.
Ibrahimovic is a highly decorated player, having won a title since 2001 playing for Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, and PSG before his move to England. The striker is set to have a statue in his honour. The statue is set to be erected in Stockholm after he was named as the country’s top player for a 10th successive year.
“For the moment we haven’t had any discussions. I have a contract that says one plus one year. I feel fresh, I feel in shape and physically if I feel like now, probably it will be a second year. I want to be realistic with myself – I want to be able to perform like I can do and not waste time. Now it is probably a yes, but I need discussions,” Ibrahimovic said.
Manchester United has recently been snatching mediocre results after having tied with Burnley in their latest Premier League match and a few days after that losing against Fenerbahce in a Europa League encounter.
Jose Mourinho and his squad have alto sustained recent losses against Chelsea and Watford while only being able to draw with Stoke City and Liverpool.
A former Manchester United player, Paul Scholes has recently come out and voiced his thoughts about what is happening in Old Trafford and why the club where he used to perform in have been disappointing so much in these past few weeks.
‘’Manchester United were rattled really, they couldn’t handle it. For most of the game they Fenerbaahce bullied United. With the two centre-backs it looked like they were going to concede goals all day long.Great strike from Wayne, of course it was, but they huffed and puffed again like in the first half. Paul Scholes said as he talked about Manchester United’s defeat against Fenerbahce.
Paul Scholes continued on revealing his thoughts about Manchester United and he believes that they will continue to suffer for a few more years as he said: “We have had a painful three years. The next 18 months to two years could be very similar until this manager gets the team he wants’’
It’s very clear that Manchester United has been struggling with the entire squad of Jose Mourinho not being able to replicate their performances from the start of the season when they managed to secure successive triumphs over Bournemouth, Southampton and Hull City.
Out of the 4 opening Premier League matches of the season, ZlatanIbrahimovic was able to score 4 goals but he has failed to score another league goal since September 10 when Manchester United faced off with Manchester City.
When the main goal-scorer of your team has not been able to score a single league goal for your team in almost 1 month, this is a huge sign that something needs to change.
Manchester United player Ashley Young could join Premier League rivals Crystal Palace this summer, according to bookies.
The Red Devils winger is yet to know his fate as coach Jose Mourinho remains undecided over his future at the club. Alan Pardew is believed to be interested in the youngster, especially as he is about to lose Yannick Bolasie to Everton on a £25 million deal.
There are reports that Young is high up on the shortlist to replace the talented winger who is keen on joining a strengthening Everton squad. Palace could land the 31-year old, even with odds of 9/5 according to BetStars. The report say that only Crsytal Palace is the frontrunner in the emerging list of interested clubs. With Jose Mourinho spoilt for choice in the attack, it is very unlikely that the player would played only 14 games last season would get enough calls this season. Since joining in the summer of 2011 for £18 million from Aston Villa, Young has had his fair share of good time under Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.
Palace are in the news as they are keen on brining in Christian Benteke from Liverpool as Pardew hopes to bolster his attacking options. They signed Englishman Andros Townsend from Newcastle earlier this summer after the Magpies were relegated to the English championship. However, the move of Bolasie leaves them desperate to snap Ashley Young. Mourinho is believed would not object to the deal, especially after signing Paul Pogba from Juventus for a world record fee of £89 million. Palace are aware of the increased competition from their rivals in the Premier League, hence their efforts at ensuring they have a tight squad to handle the opposition this season.
Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard believes that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be a massive success at Manchester United if ever the Swedish international sign for them.
There are indeed plenty of rumors that Zlatan Ibrahimovic might sign for the Manchester club during the summer. He is available on a free-transfer after having left Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season.
Now that Sweden is out of the Euros, it is believed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will make an announcement about his future. Manchester United is on the look for a quality striker as the look out to build a team that can challenge teams such as Manchester City and Chelsea for the title.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has announced his international retirement with Sweden said that he wants to focus on club football for the remaining time of his career.
Eden Hazard that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a big name in football and that he will certainly improve a team like Manchester United. He believes that he will help the Red Devils win trophies not only in England but also in Europe. He said that he is a quality player, and he will be a great addition to the Premier League.
There is also news that Manchester United might make a move for HenrikhMkhitaryan. The Borussia Dortmund player will be out of contract next year and the German club will not want to let him go on a free and might be opened to the right offer. It is believed that the player may be available for a fee of £26m. However, Manchester United may experience a tug of war with Arsenal, who are also interested in signing the player especially now that Jamie Vardy has signed a new contract with Leicester City.
With the announcement that Jose Mourinho will be taking charge of Manchester United soon, we should expect plenty of changes happening at Old Trafford on and off the pitch.
Mourinho has a particular way of managing his team, and he is sure going to transform the way Manchester United look at the moment. Fans should be prepared for a busy summer at Old Trafford.
The first thing that he will want to sort out will be his team. Manchester United do need a recognized striker at the moment, and it is highly possible that Jose Mourinho might be going for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The latter is out of contract after having left Paris Saint-Germain and will be the kind of player that the Portuguese manager like. Indeed, he already managed Ibrahimovic at Inter Milan, and it is highly possible that they might be reunited again.
A decision will also have to be made about Ryan Giggs. The latter has been the assistant of Louis van Gaal, and it is unlikely that he will continue in the same role under Mourinho. He would feel that it was his destiny to take charge of Manchester United after the departure of Van Gaal and now that Mourinho might be taking over, it is tough to find Giggs staying. Continue reading There will be changes at Manchester United when Jose Mourinho arrives
Manchester United have moved from within one point of the fourth place with a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace. This keeps their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive.
Manchester United did not have to do a lot to win this game given the poor performance by Crystal Palace. The Red Devils opened the scoring in the 4th minute when Damien Delaney scored an own goal following a Darmian cross.
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Louis van Gaal expressed his delight at beating Manchester City in a crucial derby last weekend.
Even though United managed only in narrow 1-0 win, it represented three points and a major boost to their aspirations of finishing in the top four. It may still not be enough to save Van Gaal’s job, as the Dutchman is odds-on favourite to get the sack in the summer. However, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager says that United can build on that performance from now till the end of the season. Marcus Rashford came up with a goal in the 16th minute to give the troubled United manager some respite from the criticism.
United have closed the gap on rivals City to just one point, although they have slipped behind West Ham into the sixth spot. Following the early exit from the Champions League and the aggregate 3-1 loss against Liverpool in the Europa League, Van Gaal was hoping for some good news. Rashford has been an excellent find from the youth academy and the 18-year-old striker has already scored three in four league appearances. Only time will tell if he becomes the next Bobby Charlton or Federico Macheda, who made a similar start only to falter later. One thing is for sure, on his £50,000 a week wages he won’t have to worry about getting a discount card Manchester!? Continue reading Louis van Gaal expressed his delight at beating Manchester City