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Ibrahimovic reveals how Jose Mourinho is preparing for the Manchester Derby

Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants to win Champions League

Former Manchester United striker opened up about his relationship with Jose Mourinho and also expects the Portuguese to be motivated for the Manchester Derby.

The Red Devils face possibly the biggest Manchester Derby in the recent times despite being nowhere near the title. Mourinho’s men will be eager to avoid a defeat against the Citizens, as anything less than 3 points will seal the title for Pep Guardiola at the Old Trafford.

Pumped Up United:

United’s former striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic commented on the derby as he expects United to be pumped for the game.

“I think they are pumped,” said Zlatan.

“They are looking forward to a game like that because obviously City are ahead by many points and the rest of the league is not playing for the Premier League trophy.

“They are playing for the Champions League and the places behind City so someone will want to give them a little shake like Liverpool did the other day.

“I know the coach very well. He is very motivated for these kind of games and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t want them to become champions against him. He’ll make sure of that.”

Ibrahimovic recently moved to Los Angeles Galaxy and scored 2 goals in his side’s extraordinary comeback last week. The 35-year old striker has a special relationship with Mourinho and has played under the manager at Inter Milan and Manchester United.

“I like Mourinho. He is the Special One. He likes to win. Wherever he went he won. He made me feel comfortable. He gave me a lot of responsibility.”

But the striker also revealed the real reason behind his departure. “He said to me the only problem he had with me was when could he rest me.”

Zlatan also expects his former club to end the season with FA Cup trophy. “They’ve been doing it good. Let’s hope, there’s one last trophy to play for, and that’s the FA Cup. So hopefully they win it.”

The Manchester Derby will take place on Saturday at the Old Trafford.

Author’s Take:

Manchester United will definitely try everything to not let the Citizens get their hands on the trophy at the Old Trafford. And they might just get an advantage with City having to focus on their Champions League clash against Liverpool.

Zlatan’s comments also explain his close relationship with Jose Mourinho. The striker usually does not appreciate anyone else, but the Portuguese is definitely an exception.

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