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Ibrahimovic set to leave Manchester United imminently

Ibrahimovic is set to be released from his deal. Credit: PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is poised to leave Manchester United imminently, according to various reports.

The Swede was released last summer after a fine first season at Old Trafford ended in a serious knee injury but after getting himself fit again, he was rewarded with a contract until the end of the 2017-18 season in August last year.

However, Ibrahimovic is now set to leave United. The Swede's next destination will be LA Galaxy.

It is understood confirmation of Ibrahimovic's move to MLS could be confirmed as early as Friday.

Links to the MLS have been around since the summer but with his contract ticking down and Ibrahimovic seemingly no nearer making the squad, the time appears right for a move.

Sports minister welcomes Man Utd plans to form Women's team

Sports minister Tracey Crouch believes Manchester United have Credit: PA

Sports minister Tracey Crouch believes Manchester United have "finally dragged themselves into the 21st century" after announcing plans to form a professional women's team.

United - the only current Premier League club not to have a senior women's side - have submitted an application to the Football Association to establish a team in the second tier of the Women's Super League next season.

Crouch, answering questions in the Commons, said: "May I just actually take this opportunity to congratulate Manchester United Football Club, who have finally dragged themselves into the 21st century and announced that they will be having a women's football team."

Asked about whether enough women's sport was broadcast on terrestrial television she said: "There can never be enough women's sport broadcast on TV, and I would always encourage more women's sport to be on TV."


Man United's Pogba dreams of playing with Neymar

Pogba last faced Neymar in a pre-season friendly in 2017. Credit: PA

Paul Pogba has said he would love to play alongside Neymar later in his career.

Midfielder Pogba received praise from the Brazilian striker two years ago, when Neymar said the Frenchman had the necessary qualities to fit into Barcelona's team.

As it turned out, there was no Nou Camp union for the pair. Pogba left Juventus in August 2016 to embark on a second spell at Manchester United, while last summer Neymar left Barcelona for Paris St Germain.

But Pogba still hopes their career paths one day meet, saying of Neymar's praise: "I remember what he said, I'd love to play with him. He is the definition of joy on the pitch.

"In Brazil, football is everything. It's life, everyone there plays. When I watch him on the pitch enjoying himself, with his technique and his agility ... I love watching him."

In an interview with Argentinian broadcaster TyC Sports, widely reported in the French press, Pogba emphasised his long-term wish to play together with the £200.6million striker.

"He has a different style, he has his own style. And when you talk about Neymar, everyone knows him," Pogba said. "Everyone knows who Neymar is and what he does. For me, it would be a pleasure to be able to play with him one day."

Pogba has struggled for game time at United in recent weeks, with manager Jose Mourinho frequently preferring 21-year-old Scott McTominay.

Pogba is currently on duty with the France national team, with Les Bleus facing Colombia on Friday and World Cup hosts Russia next Tuesday.

Man Utd trigger one-year contract extension for Young

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Manchester United have triggered a one-year contract extension clause to retain the services of Ashley Young until the end of next season.

The 32-year-old's deal was due to expire this summer but United have confirmed they have taken up the option of an extra 12 months.

Winger turned full-back Young has been in fine form this season and is back in the England picture ahead of the World Cup.

His inclusion in the latest squad for friendlies against Holland and Italy this month suggests he has a strong chance of going to the World Cup in Russia.

Young has predominantly played as attacking midfielder or forward throughout his career, both centrally and out wide, but he has proved a competent left-back under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

Young joined United from Aston Villa in 2011 and featured in the side that won the Premier League in 2013.

He had a spell out of favour under Louis van Gaal and he was also used sparingly in Mourinho's first campaign in charge last season.

Indeed, he was linked with a big-money move to China in January 2017 but he stayed on to fight for his place at Old Trafford and has become an integral part of Mourinho's side.

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