Zlatan Ibrahimovic Planning to Take 50 Man Utd Staff & Players Out for Elaborate 'Thank You' Meal

Callum Rice-Coates

​Zlatan Ibrahimovic is planning to take a group of Manchester United staff and players out for a meal during his spell on the sidelines with injury, according to ​the Sun.

The enigmatic Swedish striker will reportedly pay for the "thank you" dinner, which will include backroom staff,  masseurs and groundsmen.

Ibrahimovic is still undecided as to whether to see out his recovery at United, but has reportedly turned down an offer from manager Jose Mourinho of a £13m, one-year extension.


A source reportedly told the Sun:  “Zlatan’s been an absolute star.  He’s umming and aahing about what he’s going to do but he’s decided to take everyone out for a meal as a thank you and possibly a final farewell.”

Ibrahimovic picked up his injury during United's Europa League quarter-final win against Anderlecht, scans later revealing that he had sustained substantial damage to his knee ligaments.

Mourinho has backed Ibrahimovic to "fight" as he attempts to recover from a long-term injury in the latter years of his career.

Manchester United v RSC Anderlecht - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final: Second Leg
Manchester United v RSC Anderlecht - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final: Second Leg

“He wrote immediately on his social media that he will stop when he wants, not when people think," the Portuguese coach said.

“So it looks to me that he is not going to give up and he is going to fight.  And I am really pleased with that because the Zlatan I know has fought all his life.

“That’s what I told him, ‘you’ve fought all your life since you were born and I don’t see a reason not to fight’.”


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