MANCHESTER, England — Zlatan Ibrahimovic was released by Manchester United on Friday after his impressive first season in English soccer was curtailed by a serious knee injury, which could keep him out until 2018.
The decision was announced by the Premier League, which published the list of players being retained and released by clubs.
Ibrahimovic, 35, scored a team-high 28 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions last season, including a double in United’s 3-2 win over Southampton in the English League Cup final.
His last game for United was against Anderlecht in April in the second leg of the Europa League quarterfinals, during which Ibrahimovic was carried off on a stretcher with ruptured cruciate ligaments. He is unlikely to return until January and was on crutches as United beat Ajax, 2-0, in the Europa League final in Stockholm last month to qualify for the Champions League — a trophy he…