Premier League News Update

Manchester United

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has left Manchester United with immediate effect, but midfielder Ander Herrera is back in training and poised for a return to action.

Thirty-six-year-old striker Ibrahimovic enjoyed a superb first season at Old Trafford, scoring 28 goals in all competitions before suffering a serious knee injury against Anderlecht in mid-April. This term he has managed a mere seven appearances and has now agreed an early exit from the second year of his Red Devils deal. Ibrahimovic posted on Instagram: “Great things also come to an end and it is time to move on after two fantastic seasons with Manchester United. “Thank you to the club, the fans, the team, the coach, the staff and everybody who shared with me this part of my history.”

Meanwhile, Spanish midfielder Herrera is confident of being back in action soon after the international break, having been sidelined recently due to a hamstring problem. He told United Review: “I feel really good. I’ve been training with the team for five days now and I feel good, I feel fit and ready to help the team after the international break. “Now is the time to finish the season as well as I can and help the team and we want to try to win the FA Cup and keep the second place in the league.”

Chile international Alexis Sanchez admits that he has been disappointed with his form since he joined Manchester United in January. Sanchez, who moved to Old Trafford from Arsenal, has scored just once, against Huddersfield Town in February, in 10 appearances for United. “Because I demand a lot from myself, I was hoping for something better,” Sanchez said. “After my arrival at United, it was hard to change everything very quickly. “The change of club was something that was very abrupt – it was the first time I have changed clubs in January – but many things have happened in my life that are difficult.”

The 29-year-old scored 60 goals in 122 Premier League games during his time with Arsenal following his transfer to Emirates Stadium from Barcelona in the summer of 2014. Chile, who failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup finals in Russia, play friendlies against Sweden on Saturday and Denmark three days later.

United are back in action on Saturday 31st March, when they play host to Swansea City in a Premier League encounter.

West Brom

Jonny Evans has revealed that there were some tears shed in the West Brom dressing room after last weekend’s loss to Bournemouth.

Their latest loss leaves Albion rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, nine points from safety with only seven games left to play. Defeat at Bournemouth was their seventh straight in the league, while they have won just once in the Premier League since August.

Northern Ireland defender Evans admits it was hard to take losing at the Vitality Stadium, having taken a second half lead. “There was a lot of hope and optimism that we would get something from it. We were upset,” said 30-year-old Evans, who was heavily linked with a January move away from the Hawthorns. “Our performances throughout the season haven’t been up to scratch. We haven’t got enough points on board. “I think there is hope. It’s not like we have got to the point where we have accepted relegation. “There were a few tears after the game at the weekend. We were ahead and then the game swung in the last 15 minutes and I think it has been the story of our season. It’s hard to take sometimes.”

Homes games against Burnley and Swansea follow the international break for West Brom, 1/125 to be relegated, and Evans says they cannot just give up.


Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has revealed that he was told last summer by Arsene Wenger that he was free to leave the club. However, Wilshere says he opted to remain with the Gunners and is now hoping to agree a new contract with the club. The 26-year-old England international has struggled with injuries in the last few years and was sent out on loan to Bournemouth last term. However, he has enjoyed a productive 2017/18 campaign and could feature for England against Netherlands on Friday.

Wilshere revealed: “It was an honest conversation. He (Wenger) said, ‘I am going to be honest with you and at the moment we are not going to be offering you a contract, so if you can get a contract somewhere else, you can go’. “Obviously, I was not happy with that but at the same time I was happy he was being honest.” The midfielder, whose Arsenal contract expires at the end of this season, added: “I have got three months left on my contract. Ideally, yes, I want it sorted as soon as possible. I want to go to the World Cup and enjoy it… “Ideally from my point of view and the club’s point of view, they will probably want it sorted.”

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