Man Utd Officially Confirm Termination of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Contract Ahead of LA Galaxy Move

Mancheste​r United have confirmed the termination of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract amid speculation over the striker’s future, with the Swede expected to join Major League Soccer in America.

Ibrahimovic starred for United last season but suffered an injury towards the end of the campaign and has had to play second fiddle to Romelu Lukaku when fit this term.

The club announced the news via Twitter, and a statement on their ​website reads: “Manchester United confirms that it has agreed to the termination of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract with immediate effect.

“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.”


The former Sweden international played a key role in United’s successful season last year as the Red Devils won the EFL Cup and the Europa League, the latter helping them qualify for the Champions League.

He finished the 2016/17 season with 28 goals in 46 appearances for Jose Mourinho’s side but now appears set for a move to America, with ​reports claiming he has already signed for LA Galaxy.

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PHOTO: Man Utd Star Alexis Sanchez Takes to Instagram to Hit Back at Claims He ‘Dines Alone’

​Manchester United winger Alexis Sanchez has taken to Instagram to hit back defiantly ​over claims he eats by himself at the clubs canteen.

Sanchez has been reported to have had difficulty settling in at his new club following his sensational January move from Arsenal as part of a swap that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to the Emirates.


Apparently the Chilean chooses to eat away from his teammates and the ​Mail claim he often cuts an ‘unhappy’ figure.

Of his tough first couple of months at the club, Sanchez said: “As I am self-demanding, I expected something better. 

“After my arrival at United, it was hard to change everything very quickly. I even hesitated to come here [to Sweden, with the national team].

“I had asked permission to miss these games, but then I thought better and spoke with Claudio [Bravo] and told him that we should all be united.”

“The change of club was something that was very abrupt – it was the first time I’ve changed clubs in January – but many things have happened in my life that are difficult.

Sanchez, who is now on international duty in Sweden with Chile, took to Instagram to upload a picture of himself sat down with teammates enjoying a spot of lunch, in what may well be a response to claims.

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So far Sanchez has only scored one goal for United and has been criticised for his constant losing of the ball and general lack of impact.


Gerard Pique Reveals How Sir Alex Ferguson Saved His Career & Why Roy Keane Made Him ‘Sh*t’ Himself

Three-Champions League winner Gerard Pique has admitted that his career would have been vastly different had he not joined Manchester United as a 17-year-old, revealing that he learned a lot under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Barcelona and the club’s famed La Masia academy was all Pique had ever known before he made the switch to Manchester in 2004. By his own admission in a post for The Players’ Tribune, he was ‘almost f*cked’ because he was so green and sheltered.

“I look back on the last 10 years of my career, and I’ve won the World Cup, the Champions League, La Liga, Copa del Rey…I’ve won it all, as I like to remind my Madrid friends on WhatsApp,” he said.

“But 10 years ago, I was almost f*cked. My whole life could have turned out very different if it wasn’t for Sir Alex Ferguson.

“I arrived at Manchester United a boy, and I left a man. It was a crazy time for me, because I had never been away from home before. I spent my first 17 years growing up in Spain in Barcelona’s youth academy, and it almost felt like I was playing for the local school team or something. I knew everybody there, and I was close to my family.

“To me, football was just fun. I didn’t understand the business side of the game at all. Then I arrived at United, and honestly, it was a complete shock.”

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Having never played for the Barça first-team before he left home, Pique took his first steps in professional football at United, making his debut against lower league Crewe Alexandra in the League Cup and playing three times by the end of the 2004/05 season.

Pique returned to Spain on loan to play for Real Zaragoza in 2006/07, before playing 13 times as United completed a Premier League and Champions League double in 2007/08.

“Sir Alex was phenomenal to me from the very first day,” he recalled.

“The best managers all have this quality – even when they’re not playing you, and even when they’re hard on you – they make you believe that they really care about you. Sir Alex was like a second father to me. He made me earn it, but eventually he gave me my chance.”

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The standards at United were incredibly high and it wasn’t just Ferguson who upheld them, as Pique found out when, at the age of 18, he was berated by Roy Keane when his phone had rung in the dressing room before one of his very first games at Old Trafford.

“I was nervous as hell. Imagine it – I’m 18 years old, and I’m sitting in that little dressing room putting on my socks next to Ruud van Nistelrooy and Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand. I wanted to be invisible. I was thinking, Just do your job and go unnoticed,” Pique said.

“We’re sitting there waiting for the gaffer to come in and speak to us, and I’m literally sitting right next to Roy Keane. The dressing room is so small that our legs are almost touching. There’s no space at all. It’s dead quiet. All of a sudden, you could hear this little vibration.

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“I realise it’s my phone. I left it on vibrate, and it’s in the pocket of my pants, stuffed in the clothes bag that’s hanging right behind Roy’s head.

“Roy can’t find where the noise is coming from. Now he’s looking around the room like a maniac. His eyes are darting everywhere, and he’s trying to figure it out. He looked like Jack Nicholson in The Shining, when he bursts through the door.

“He screams out to everybody, ‘Whose phone is that?!’ Silence. He asks again. Silence. He asks a third time. ‘Whose. Bloody. F*cking. Phone. Is. That?!’

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“Finally, I spoke up, like a little boy. Very softly, I said, ‘I’m so sorry. It’s mine. Roy lost his mind! He went nuts in front of everybody! It was incredible. I almost sh*t myself. But it was a good lesson.

“Now, in 2018, everything is different. All these kids are on their iPhones before the matches. But back then it was a different world. You didn’t do that. Especially not at United. Not in Roy’s dressing room. It was one of a thousand mistakes that I made when I was at United.”

To read Spain and Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué’s inaugural post on The Players’ Tribune, ‘A Long Story’, in full, please visit:
​The Players’ Tribune connects players with fans through the power of storytelling and has today announced its global expansion in partnership with Pique.

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PHOTOS: Usain Bolt Links Up With Argentina Legend Diego Maradona as Journey Into Football Continues

​Puma ambassadors Usain Bolt and Diego Maradona met up ahead of the ‘Match of Friendship’ charity match, as Bolt prepares to come up against the Argentine under the guidance of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

Bolt has long been linked with a move into football – having asserted himself as the world’s fastest man on many occasions. Having previously been linked with the likes of Man Utd and Borussia Dortmund, should Bolt finally get his chance, his career would certainly be short lived at 31-years-old.

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However, he recently came one step closer to achieving his dream when he linked up with footballing legend Maradona. The two spent time together to have a quick chat and pose for photos, discussing their love for the beautiful game.

Unfortunately for Bolt, this is likely to be as far as he gets in the world of football. Team Mourinho face off against Team Maradona on Wednesday evening, and legends such as Hernan Crespo, Roberto Carlos and Marcel Desailly all feature in the match – which is seen as the kick off for the ​World Cup countdown.

Bolt, playing under Mourinho, will be hoping to upset his new mate Maradona.

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Newcastle Outcast Expected to Depart St. James’ Park as Magpies Reportedly Eye Man Utd Left Back

​Newcastle left back Massadio Haidara is reportedly expected to leave St. James’ Park in the summer with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.

The French footballer has become a forgotten man at the club as he’s made just one appearance all season, which was in the FA Cup defeat to Chelsea in January. 

The 25-year-old has been plagued with injuries during his five year spell with the Magpies and will be desperate for a fresh start elsewhere. During his five years on Tyneside, he’s only played a total of 37 Premier League games and has a tally of two assists.

According to a report from the ​Northern Echo, Haidara is expected to leave St. James’ Park as he’s expected to run down his contract, which expires at the end of the season.

Rafa Benitez is now desperate to sign a new left back, as his only experienced option in that position is Paul Dummett. Benitez is reportedly keeping tabs on wantaway Manchester United full back Luke Shaw.

Shaw is expected to ​​leave Man Utd after enduring a torrid time at Old Trafford, as he’s continuously gaining some heavy criticism from manager Jose Mourinho. The England international would provide Benitez with a talented natural left back, which is something they have lacked for a few seasons.

It is unknown where Haidara’s next venture lies – he was close to joining Ligue 1 side St. Etienne in the summer, but chances of a move broke down. 

The left back signed for Newcastle for £2.25m in 2013 from French side AS Nancy. He’s played for France at Under-21 level but is yet to receive a senior call up.

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