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Zlatan to extend stay at United
ho says he is convinced striker
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will extend
his stay at Manchester United
beyond this season.
The 35-year-old former Sweden
international has enjoyed a fruitful
first campaign in English football and
has netted 20 goals in 33 appearances
in all competitions.
Ibrahimovic joined United on a
free transfer from French champi-
ons Paris St Germain, signing a one-
year deal in July with the option of
extending his contract for a second
"He came with intention of staying
two years and the first year is going
better than every expectation," Unit-
ed manager Mourinho said yesterday.
"He knows we are going to try
again to improve next season and try
to share with him in a fantastic way
probably the last year of his career
at the highest level."
Ibrahimovic has clearly enjoyed
teaming up again with Mourinho,
having worked under him when the
Portuguese was in charge of Inter
Milan in 2008-09.
The Swede, who netted 50 goals
in his last season at PSG, has been
able to replicate his clinical finishing
He scored with a stunning scissor
kick three minutes into his debut in
a friendly against Galatasaray, hit a
late winner against Leicester to land
United the Community Shield in Au-
gust, the traditional curtain-raiser
to the season, then marked his first
Premier League start with a long-
range strike against Bournemouth.
The former Ajax, Juventus, In-
ter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan
forward became the oldest player to
score 15 goals in a Premier League
season when he netted in last week-
end's win against Leicester.
That hot streak is now set to con-
tinue next season with Mourinho
saying: "I am convinced he is staying.
No problem with his family. I offer
him extra days off to go to Sweden,
he never goes."
Diego Maradona to get
ambassador role with FIFA
Diego Maradona is getting an am-
bassador's role with FIFA.
It wants to ensure the Argentina
great "has a major role in FIFA's ac-
tivities to promote the game across
the globe," including with its Leg-
The 56-year-old Maradona will be
involved in "relevant development
projects," FIFA said yesterday.
Maradona announced his new role
on Thursday, hailing FIFA as "clean
and transparent" under President
Maradona feuded with former
FIFA President Sepp Blatter and
long-time Argentina soccer lead-
er Julio Grondona, who was FIFA's
senior vice president when he died
Last month, Maradona played
soccer at FIFA headquarters on his
first visit since a November 2009
disciplinary hearing over a profane
post-match rant. Maradona, the
Argentina coach at the time, was
banned from the 2010 World Cup
draw in South Africa.
Carroll clinches goal of
Andy Carroll's scissor kick has
won the Premier League Goal of the
Month award - and sparked a heated
debate after beating Olivier Giroud's
The Premier League yesterday
announced that Carroll's acrobatic
strike for West Ham in their 3-0 win
over Crystal Palace was the best goal
But debate immediately raged on
social media with many people -
notably Arsenal fans - claiming Gi-
roud's clever back-flick with his heel
against the same opposition should
have won the award.
Manchester United's Henrikh
Mkhitaryan scored with the same
technique as Giroud a week earlier
- although replays showed he was
offside - and his was named Goal of
the Month for December.
But Hammers manager Slaven Bilic
is in no doubt about which goal was
"Andy's was a perfect goal," he
"A few of those scissor kicks you
think 'could the keeper have saved
it?' or 'that was lucky because he hit
it with the shin pad'
, or the ball went
in the middle of the goal or bounced
in front of the keeper.
"This was like it was for a com-
ic book - when you have a page
for a great scissor-kick goal you
would have it go in a corner
and that was exactly what
"Okay, I am not
objective but for
me this was a bet-
ter one because
goals that they
icent, but they
were a little bit
"They had nothing to
lose, the ball was there and they
thought 'okay, let's try it' and sud-
denly they are cele-
planned from the mo-
ment the cross came in."
Carroll, who has
scored four goals in
his last four
the best of
He told West
to have won the
Goal of the Month
pecially given how
good some of the
other goals were.
a good connection
and knew it would
hit the back of the
net. It's definitely
the best goal I've
ever scored, one
I'm very proud
"I enjoy every goal I score, but that
one was certainly a little bit more
special - I don't think I'll ever get
bored of watching that one back."
Nicholas --- Wenger going
In his latest
is no chance
before the end
of the season,
against Hull this weekend.
This is not a crisis situation and
my old club are still in the pack, al-
though the title is gone to Chelsea
for me now. If anyone is going to
be a threat then it's Tottenham
or Manchester City.
There's going to be a lot of
anger on Saturday and the
fans will be expecting the
team to produce a perfor-
Regardless of who
plays, because the squad
is strong enough to win
whoever Wenger picks,
Arsenal need a good win
against Hull and the key
to that is starting well and
easing the pressure.
Hull have been impressive
under Marco Silva. They're
very organised, although
they'll be without Abel Her-
nandez, who has found a bit
If feel for Wenger and I want
to support him and the ones
who want Wenger out made
their mind up a long time ago.
The board will leave it to be
his decision but there's no way
he will stand down early because
it was a nightmare when Sir Alex
Ferguson did it.
They've got Bayern coming up,
which was always going to be big
but is now gigantic, and then the
FA Cup, which has kept him in
Everything seems hinged on
securing a top-four finish again
but if they don't make it then is
a cup win really good enough to
keep him in the job? They can
beat Bayern Munich but I don't
think they will.
If he doesn't win anything
this season then the odds might
well swing in favour of him leav-
ing this summer but there's no
chance he will before then.
Even if they lose to Hull then
there will not be change. Anything
like that won't help. The players will
just slack off even more and Mesut
Ozil and Alexis Sanchez certainly
won't commit if Wenger says he's
Andy Carroll scores in style against Palace
Arsenal coach Wenger
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