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Zlatan Ibrahimovic departure a big loss for European soccer

European soccer has lost a "huge player" in Zlatan Ibrahimovic but the striker will raise the level of the game in the U.S following his move to LA Galaxy, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday.

Ibrahimovic last week ended a short but successful stint at United - where he won the League Cup and the Europa League - to become the latest high-profile player to move to the MLS, following the likes of David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Thierry Henry and Frank Lampard.

Mourinho used his news conference ahead of Saturday's Premier League game against Swansea City to pay tribute to the talismanic Swedish forward who he previously coached at Inter Milan.

Ibrahimovic sustained a bad knee injury in United's Europa League quarter-final against Belgian side Anderlecht last April but returned to make seven appearances for the Old Trafford side this season.

United will be without back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero for the weekend's game, after the Argentine international picked up a knock in his country's 6-1 friendly defeat by Spain.










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