There are rumours that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be on the move at the end of February. Speculation suggests that LA Galaxy fancy taking him to America at the end of the month. Ibrahimovic is returning to fitness with a minor injury following recovery from his severely knackered knee. Now that United have Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Alexis Sanchez, Ibrahimovic’s presence is less useful, and his wages less justifiable.
Jose Mourinho has praised Luke Shaw for his performances. Whether this is wishful thinking at the moment is unclear, but he is being given more chances to prove his worth in the first team. Should he emerge as a consistent and reliably fit figure in defence, it makes United’s plans for the summer transfer window much more simple. It also serves as encouragement to Rashford, who is the latest player to find himself on the sidelines.
Christian Pulisic has refused to rule out a move to Manchester United, saying in an interview that he was a big fan as he was growing up. There has been talk that Pusilic is regarded as a talented player with plenty of promise, but unsurprisingly the club are most excited about his marketing potential, which is a kick in the balls for anyone who just likes the idea of signing talented players because they are talented.
Speaking of depressing cack, Ed Woodward has been boasting about how much the signing of Sanchez has boosted shirt sales this January. Woodward was taking United’s latest financial results on tour as he prepares for the announcement of the next round of bidding for the Premier League’s broadcast rights.
And lastly, there is praise for Juan Mata. He has a new deal at United and has now been at United for three managers, impressed on occasions, and generally been a fabulous human being, even better a human being than Alex Ferguson believed Phil Neville to be.