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Ibrahimovic gets off to flying start with LA Galaxy

Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his LA Galaxy debut in typically flamboyant fashion with a 35-yard equaliser and a stoppage-time winner Credit: PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his LA Galaxy debut in typically flamboyant fashion with a 35-yard equaliser and a stoppage-time winner in a stunning 4-3 win over Los Angeles FC.

The high-profile striker, fresh from Manchester United, announced his arrival in Major League Soccer by lashing home a bouncing ball from way out just six minutes after coming on as a substitute as the Galaxy fought back from 3-0 down.

And he then headed home at the death to crown a magnificent derby comeback.

He said after the game: "The fans were demanding something, and I gave them Zlatan."

LAFC had been in total control thanks to a first-half double from former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela and Daniel Steres' own goal just after the restart.

But Sebastian Lletget pulled one back in the 61st minute and, two minutes after the introduction of Ibrahimovic, Chris Pontius struck in the 73rd.

The 36-year-old Swede then took centre stage with his spectacular 77th-minute leveller, ripping his shirt off in celebration, before glancing home the winner.

"The adrenaline starts and you don't want it to finish," Ibrahimovic said.

"I have a lot of pressure coming here, from the media, from the fans, from the club, from the players but nothing compares to my own pressure."


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.


Mourinho won't stand in Zlatan's way if he wants to leave

Zlatan has been linked with a move to the MLS. Credit: PA

Manchester United will not stand in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's way if he wants to leave Old Trafford, manager Jose Mourinho has said.

The 36-year-old striker, who has missed the last six games after aggravating a knee injury, has been linked with MLS side the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Mourinho said: "Zlatan is in last year of his contract. If, if, if - and he said nothing to me - but if, if, if that is true, and Zlatan wants a future in another club in another country, we are here to help and create conditions to help, not to make his life difficult."

Mourinho insists, however, that the Swede has not expressed any desire to leave United to him.

Speaking at a press conference, the United boss said: "He told me nothing about it. First time I read something about this is from you, the media. I read from somewhere or saw on some TV channel.

"He never mentioned that to me so I don't know. The last thing Zlatan told me was he wants to recover totally and help the team.

"He is working hard to be fit - I don't say injured because he is not injured (now) - but he's trying to be ready for the demands of Premier League football."

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