Ibrahimovic’s Man U exit: Whose decision is it? And in whose interest?

By Daily Sports on June 12, 2017

I don’t know what must have informed or been the undercurrent that led Man U cut ties with its dare devil striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. But what I can deduce as an outsider but a keen watcher of the Swede is that he is a one stop lad whose output in the recently concluded English Premiership season for Man U is nothing but upbeat. Unquestionable fact is that he is a highly experienced player; and of high standing and performance. A first rate product and much sort after who has not hidden his deep desire and love for EPL. The non interest of Jose, Man U’s Manager to enlist him among his 2017/2018 squad leaves many guessing and tongues wagging. It has made many to conclude that he was tricked by the Portuguese Manager of United who lured him out of PSG as he arrived to start his first term in the Old Trafford side.

This expensive riddle and joke carried too far, hope OBJ will excuse the use of this his now famous phrase, is one begging for total and explicit explanation to douse fans’ curiosity on his exit globally.

His purported exit from the Premiership team came to me in particular as a huge surprise and still on my own assertion further leaves sour taste in the mouth. He was a very resourceful player in the clubs he had laced his boots for. In short, he has no business with dull moments. Who is gaining from this unpopular decision? If it is his decision to call it quits at a time like this, so be it but if otherwise, it could be safely termed as man’s inhumanity to man. Even then, I’m still scandalised to the bone marrow.

I must confess that it remained curious that a player that cropped nagging injury that kept him off the season could be told to go while the injury still lingers. Ibrahimovic is still on crutches, which further brings to the fore, the rationale or reason behind his exit from the Old Trafford team is premature. However, Daily Sports never missed the build-up to his ostensible exit from Man U side; I have all along dismissed the reports. But what prompted this article was last Saturday’s story still on his departure, showing him still on clutches. It made my heart to bleed and therefore, merited to appear on this page this week.

I’m still at a loss to pin point why and how the decision was reached. Man U management has not said why the Swede national is going. Ibra, on the other hand, is yet to tell us too. What went astray between the two upon his injury while on duty for the club? If anybody knows, let him share it to his huge fans globally whose worry and enquiries on the subject matter have mounted to high heavens. He used to be Jose’s favourite. Why and what led to their fallout. Why I have not concluded is because the report on why he is leaving wasn’t mentioned in the stories. I would not know if it is his desire to go or that of Jose the Supremo in Man U.

Let me make it clear that I’m not a fan of the team or any of the foreign football clubs but I must also say that I closely follow their antecedents and the productivity or otherwise of their players and can write or discuss down to earth on them based on information on them available in the public domain. Man U thrills me due to its success story. It is one football club that has made strong showing in the scene and never makes noise or airs about them. Its managers are mature and don’t beat their chests at all. They are exemplary leaders to the world and how club football ought to be managed.

The English Premiership oldie is the richest in the world today and to them the sky remains their beginning. This week is on Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his reported exit from Man U. To say the very least, it’s painful to this writer. He did a lot for the team and deserves extension if he so desires and not the other way, not the manner to say well done to a great worker whose input remains dripping. I think he loves Man U and gave his all to it.

If his quitting the team is his making, so be it but if it is the other way round, history is there, keenly watching and taking notes. The injury that kept him off the pitch for the rest of the season is yet to heal.  This is a player that scored 28 goals in the 46 games he played. I don’t know where this is emanating from, either sides or whatsoever is still sketchy to me.  Head or tail, it is a kill joy. He is one player that can safely be described as player’s player. At 35, his manoeuvrings on the field of play remain beauty to hold and exceptional. Many will miss him in the line-up of one of the prestigious teams in EPL, except there will be sudden change of heart.

 In all its ramifications, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the players that made the English League thick and bubbling. He is fans’ delight. His quicksilver like precision on the pitch and his sense to score goals bring him out as a lethal finisher.  His ruthless finishing attribute drew him closest to fans that cut across all ages in the EPL and beyond which would be missed.  As his contract lapses June 30, one prays that a change of mind from wherever would make him stay put, it would no doubt play back smiles on the faces of his numerous fans across the globe.

He is a goal getter and a miracle worker if you like. This was howwww.dailysportsng.com captured the story of Saturday, June 10.

Manchester United have released top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic after a year at Old Trafford, with the injured Swedish striker’s name appearing on a list published by the Premier League on Friday.

The 35-year-old joined United on a year-long contract from Paris St Germaine before the 2016-17 campaign and was vital to their League Cup and Europa League triumphs.

He scored 28 goals in 46 appearances before sustaining a season-ending knee injury in April that could keep him out until next year.

Ibrahimovic, who underwent surgery in May and will be out of contract on June 30, was the only player on United’s release list.

The Premier League said on their website (www.premierleague.com) that the information was correct as of May 29, but a player's status could have changed since that date.

The BBC reported that the Swede would remain in Manchester to continue his rehabilitation at the Carrington training ground.

His agent Mino Raiola said last week that Ibrahimovic would hold talks with United to extend his stay despite receiving offers from other clubs.

“He wants to stay in England, he wants to stay at the top and if he sees that he can be a valuable asset for Manchester United, then why not Manchester United?” Raiola told British radio broadcaster TalkSPORT. “He can be a valuable asset for some other top clubs also. But I think it is respectful to talk to Manchester United and to see what all parties want.”

One is heavy hearted over this development and still wish the hand of the clock could be pushed backwards for Ibra stay in Man U if it won’t be against his wish and progress of his flourishing career.

Let’s continue discussion on him on WhatsAPP, Twitter, Face book, In Share. Keep shooting hard, till next week!!

Source Daily Sports

Posted June 12, 2017


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