The Manchester United Afternoon Bulletin

Afternoon Bulletin

KING IBRA TO REIGN UNTIL 2019?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic would reportedly be happy to commit to United beyond next season. His contract expires at the end of this season but there is an option to extend it beyond this season. But any deal would be dependent on United qualifying for the Champions League. It is the only major trophy absent Zlatan’s trophy cabinet and his wish to win it is evident.

SHAW OUT?

Luke Shaw will reportedly leave the club in summer if he doesn’t start playing soon. The left-back has been frozen out of the first-team after falling out the pecking order. Mourinho though has ruled Shaw leaving in the summer but may be persuaded if the price is right. Tottenham boss Pochettino is an admirers having worked with Shaw during his time at Southampton. The move is dependent on Danny Rose quitting Spurs for Man City.

JONES FIT

Phil Jones has declared himself fit to play after a foot injury and is determined to help United qualify for the Champions League one way or another. Jones was in sublime form for United before the injury kept him from 6 games. His return is a welcome boost for Mourinho whose side face fixture congestion as they chase Cup glory and European qualification. Jones has stepped up his training with the first team and eager to make a return as soon as possible.

STRIKE NIGHT

Manchester United starlet Marcus Rashford participated in the Nike Strike Night. He finished runner-up to Porto sensation Andre Silva. Despite turning up late, he beat Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain in a wild-card round and then Dortmund hitman Aubameyang. Stars like Christian Benteke, Mauro Icardi were also present.

THE BEST IN THE LAND

Jose Mourinho claims that Manchester United support is unrivalled. The comments are sure to infuriate Chelsea supporters who were publically criticized by Mourinho for not being noisy enough. Mourinho has regularly praised United’s fan following especially during away fans. In a letter to United season ticket holders, Mourinho wrote: “The crowd at Old Trafford must play its part too. I have to say I’ve been impressed by your dedication and commitment, as season ticket holders here at United. “I’ve managed several clubs and I have never seen such unrivalled passion. The stadium is full every time we play and the support the players receive is special.”

SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

Manchester United scouts have watched EVERY Benfica game while scouting Victor Lindelof. The club aim to finalize a summer move after a January transfer never materialized.