Zlatan in the States following surgery, Bale set to leave Real, and some typical Jose comments

Afternoon Bulletin

ZLATAN SPOTTING

Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic was seen in a full leg brace and crutches in Pittsburgh. He was seen moving gingerly towards his car after a doctor’s appointment following surgery earlier this month. This is the start of an expected nine-month rehabilitation period for the Swede who promised his fans he will return to the game. Zlatan is not expected to extend his contract at Manchester United and may make a move to the MLS.

DOING THE ACADEMY PROUD

Manchester United and Arsenal had a combined five former academy players on the pitch at the end of the match. Rashford, Lingard, Welbeck, Tuanzebe and McTominay were the men doing the academy proud. Pogba another academy graduate but was on the bench.

BALE-ING HIM OUT

Gareth Bale is ready to leave Real Madrid for Manchester United. Madrid are reportedly frustrated with the Welshman’s injury problems and are ready to offload the former most expensive player. United are among a number of clubs interested in Bale. United face competition from PSG, Chelsea, Manchester City, Bayern Munich among others.

LUKAKU UPDATE

Romelu Lukaku has reacted to the recent rumours linking him with a move away from Goodison Park. The message on Twitter came hours after reports suggesting that Lukaku would snub Chelsea for United emerged. The Evertonian is widely tipped to change colours in the summer.

His message on Twitter read: “Some media these days are annoying man..” followed by another one which read: “As long as I didn’t make a public statement about my situation please stay out of my business ok?”

TOUCHLINE CLASH EXPLAINED

Mourinho and Wenger clashed once again on the sidelines of their teams match. The pair clashed for the briefest of periods after Wenger said something to the fourth official. When asked about what annoyed him, Mourinho said: “Today no problems. We shook hands before the game, we shook hands after the game. During the game, I didn’t like what I never like, he puts too many pressure on the fourth official all the time.”

CLASSIC JOSE

Jose Mourinho took less than subtle hits at Arsenal and Arsene Wenger after his side crashed to a 2-0 defeat at the Emirates. Mourinho said: “‘The Arsenal fans they are happy, I’m happy for them. It’s the first time I leave Highbury or the Emirates and they are happy. It’s the first time. I left Highbury they were crying, I left Emirates they were crying. They were walking in the street with their heads low. So finally today they sing, it’s nice for them. It’s a big club. Do you think I enjoy the fact that a big club like Arsenal is not winning big trophies? I’m not enjoying that but today I tried to win. I did not give them the game to win but we lost.”

Classic Jose!