How Zlatan Ibrahimovic Reacted When Marcos Rojo Called Him ‘Big Nose’

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes a selfie with Eric Bailly and the tophy.

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Marcos Rojo has revealed that he was almost involved in a bust-up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Argentine left for his boyhood club Estudiantes following his fall in Man Utd’s pecking order. Rojo had lost his place to Luke Shaw and Ashley Young following his unfortunate series of injuries.

Now all that seems to have left is the fullback’s stories, and one of those stories includes a very close call with then-teammate Ibrahimovic.

Apparently the pair head a very heated argument during training that followed into the dressing room. According to the left-back, they had to be separated by Jose Mourinho.

“Zlatan has a strong character, Ezequiel Lavezzi had warned me,” the defender told Argentinian outlet Cielo Sports.

“I knew he wanted us to give him all the balls, but during a game phase I saw him ask for it and I didn’t give it to him. I passed it to Paul Pogba.

“Then he started yelling at me, raising his hand, and telling me a lot of things in Spanish and English.

“I said to him: ‘what’s going on with you big nose? Shut up…’


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“I knew that if he caught me, he would kill me so the only thing for me to do was face him. When he entered the locker room, I directly told him to close his mouth and stop yelling. We started to insult each other and all our teammates were watching us.

“And in the middle, José Mourinho was trying to calm us down.”

The Swede is infamous for his assertive personality, and has always been a dominant figure wherever he has went and that didn’t change at Old Trafford either.

Fortunately, Mourinho, who has worked with the striker and knows how to deal with him, was present. Otherwise it wouldn’t have turned out to be pretty for either of the former Red Devils.