Tag: Jose Mourinho

Ibrahimovic set to leave United after officials terminate contract

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has left Manchester United after the club agreed to terminate his contract, with the striker US-bound to join LA Galaxy.

Ibrahimovic, 36, signed for United in the summer of 2016 and had a successful first season at Old Trafford until he suffered a serious knee injury in April.

He has featured in only seven games in this campaign.

“Manchester United confirms that it has agreed to the termination of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract with immediate effect,” the Manchester club said in a statement. “Everyone at the club would like to thank Zlatan for his contribution to the team since his arrival and wishes him well for the future.”

Red Devils coach Jose Mourinho has also said in January that while he had not spoken to Ibrahimovic regarding a possible move to the MLS he would not stand in the Swede’s way should he wish to move before the end of the season.

“If he wants to move to another club or another country, we will try to help him,” Mourinho said at the time. “We will not make his life difficult.”

In parting, Ibrahimovic posted a picture on his Instagram page of him dressed in white and arm wrestling with a red devil, in an apparent nod to United’s nickname.

“Great things also come to an end and it is time to move on after two fantastic seasons with Manchester United,” the player captioned. “Thank you to the club, the fans, the team, the coach, the staff and everybody who shared with me this part of my history. foreverred”.

Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in 2016-17 as the team went on to win the Europa League. Despite his injury, an expired contract and United’s recruitment of Romelu Lukaku for £75m in the summer, he still returned to the club after agreeing a deal until the end of this season.

Ashley Young: Luke Shaw can be “one of the world’s best”

Ashley Young has tipped his Manchester United teammate Luke Shaw become one of the best left-backs in the world.

However, Young, 32, added that such a status will come only through hard work amidst Shaw’s terrible spell under United boss Jose Mourinho.

“He is a fantastic player,” Young said. “I feel he can be one of the best in the world. You’ve just got to work hard. We’ve got a healthy competition in our squad and when you’ve got world-class players training day in, day out, everybody wants to be in that team. It is tough.

“I’ve always said, when you join a club like United it’s a tough place to play at. But if you play and train and give 100%, then get your opportunity — I’ve always said you always get your opportunity there.”

Young has also been Mourinho’s first-choice left-back for much of the season and was named in the England squad for their friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy, whereas Shaw wasn’t due to his lack of regular game-time under Mourinho.

It was a clear sign that he was not favoured that Shaw, 22, was taken off at half-time of United’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Brighton at Old Trafford on Saturday, with the manager also criticising Shaw after the quarter-final.

“We worked on certain kinds of movements,” the Portuguese said at after the game. “Where it was really important the two full-backs were aggressive, created space for Matic and were in front of the two central defenders. I didn’t have that.”

“I could have changed both of them at half-time. I didn’t change both because it was too aggressive to do it. I would only have one more change available to make in 90 minutes.”

“I had to change one and I chose Luke because at least Antonio defensively was capable of good positioning. Luke, in the first half, every time they came in his corridor, the cross came in and a dangerous situation was coming. I was not happy with his performance.”

Jose Mourinho: rumours of Manchester United departure “garbage news”

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho described reports of a rift between him and the Red Devils board as “garbage news”, insisting instead that he will be at the club next season and hopes to extend his stay beyond  three years.

The Portuguese added that the owners and the board were happy with his work as he responds to speculation in recent weeks that he is unhappy at Manchester United.

“I can’t find a better word than garbage to define the talk,” Mourinho said in the pre-match conference to United’s Friday FA Cup fixture at home to Derby.

“If you want to ask me directly, I see myself next season at Manchester United. I will leave when the club wants me to leave; at the moment I have no intention to leave at all. I want to stay, I don’t see any reason not to stay.”

Although Mourinho’s current deal does not expire until 2019 his commitment has been called into question as he continues to live in a hotel rather than move into his own house. However, the manager remains staunch in his desire to see out his contract with United.

“I still have a contract — in fact I am only in the middle of my contract, not in the last couple of months. My desire is to stay until the board and the owners are happy with my work.”

“The worst thing about the garbage news is that it puts doubt on my professionalism, and that affects me because it is something I don’t admit. I hope by the end of my contract the board are happy enough with my contribution to want me to stay. Whether I get a new contract or not depends on the club but my commitment is total and I want to stay.”

“I see myself here,” he added. “It is just a question of the club, the board the owners, Mr Woodward, they are all happy with my contribution and they want me to stay beyond the end of this contract.”

“Because I don’t behave as a clown on the touchline? It means I lost my passion? I prefer to do it the way I do it, much more mature, better for my team and myself, you don’t have to behave like a crazy guy on the touchline. The way a person is dedicated to his work, not what you do in front of the cameras.”