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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has eyes on more trophies with Man Utd

Zlatan on the ball for Man Utd. Credit: PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants to lift more trophies before his first season at Manchester United is out.

The 35-year-old arrived to much fanfare in the summer and has lived up to the hype, having already become the first United player to score 20 goals in a season since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

There will be plenty of opportunities to add to that tally as United are fighting on four fronts, with the EFL Cup final against Southampton awaiting after matches in the FA Cup and Europa League.

"We just need to keep going," Ibrahimovic said after Saturday's 2-0 win against Watford.

"We want to go through the Europa League and we have a good game at home against St Etienne.

"From five trophies this season we have won one and we are still in four.

"I think from the teams in front, only one will become [Premier League] champions. The rest will not get a trophy, but we have one and we can get our second one.

"And we are still in the Europa League and FA Cup, so if we don't become champions in the Premier League at least we can try and win two or three trophies."


Referee named for Man United v Southampton final

Andre Marriner will be the man in charge. Credit: PA

Andre Marriner will referee the EFL Cup final between Manchester United and Southampton on February 26.

The EFL announced the appointment of the 46-year-old on Monday. He will be assisted by Richard West and Stuart Burt, with Kevin Friend as fourth official.

Marriner has been a Premier League official since 2004 and on FIFA's panel since 2009.

He refereed the 2013 FA Cup final, when Wigan beat Manchester City.


Rooney absent for Man United through illness

Wayne Rooney has been linked with the Old Trafford exit door. Credit: PA

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney missed Sunday's trip to Premier League champions Leicester through illness.

The 31-year-old dominated the headlines when the teams met in September as Jose Mourinho first made the bold decision to drop the forward to the bench for a Premier League game.

Rooney has been unable to nail down a regular starting berth since then and was conspicuous by his absence when United arrived at the King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

However, the club quickly moved to explain his absence was due to illness rather than injury or any other matter.

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