Zlatan Ibrahimovic was involved in a furious dressing room bust-up at Manchester United, which former manager José Mourinho had to break up.
That’s according to Marcos Rojo, who clashed with Ibrahimovic after calling the Swedish striker ‘big nose’ in the first half of a match at Old Trafford.
At half-time, Ibrahimovic walked into the dressing room and Mourinho was forced to step in to stop a scrap from further escalating.
It’s a fight I’d like to see — partly because Rojo couldn’t follow COVID-19 guidelines and Zlatan would teach him a lesson.
Speaking to Infobae, Rojo said: “He wanted all the balls, you see. We were winning 1-0 at Old Trafford. We had the ball.
“We were giving them a dance, I was playing central defender. I come out playing, I pass half the pitch.
“There he pulls back. The pass between the lines was there. But there was Pogba alone on the left, so I gave it to him, and Paul began to showboat. Zlatan starts cursing me.
“I follow it, ‘Shut up, big nose. You want all the balls.’ Arguing loudly. We finish the first half and go to the locker room. I’m in my place, taking off my boots.
“And he enters angrily, he kicks something. He stops, looks at me and yells at me: ‘What did you say to me?’
“So I also stop and say — ‘What did you say to me?’ — Although inside I was hoping someone would separate us, because he could have killed me.
“And the English, all big, separate us. Mourinho enters screaming, scrambling bottles. A mess in the locker room. Then it’s done, we win and go to the next round.
“The next day, I was having breakfast. I felt grabbed at the back of the neck, and I couldn’t turn. And he says – ‘What did you say to me?’ — and he started laughing.
“Anyway, thank goodness the karate move was a joke: I was already done, I’d never get out of it.”
Question marks hang over Rojo’s future because he has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer bolstered his defence. He is expected to do the same again and the Argentine is likely to be shifted because he’s deadwood in the squad as far as I’m concerned.
The United defender, who spent the second half of the season on loan at boyhood Argentine club Estudiantes, would make a good signing for a mid-table side in the Premier League, La Liga or even back in Portugal with Sporting Lisbon.