Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action for LA Galaxy.

Ibrahimovic is excited by United against Barcelona

Tuesday 09 April 2019 19:10

Zlatan Ibrahimovic expects an interesting and exciting game between Manchester United and Barcelona when the two historic clubs meet at OId Trafford on Wednesday evening.

The Spanish champions are visiting the Theatre of Dreams for the first leg of a mouth-watering Champions League quarter-final tie, before the Reds head to the Nou Camp next Tuesday for the return fixture.

Zlatan, of course, has a foot in both camps this week, having represented United and Barca during his illustrious career.


The striker made 46 appearances and netted 22 times for the Catalan club before his successful spell with the Reds, in which he bagged 29 goals in 53 appearance.

Ibra famously helped the club to win the League Cup and Europa League trophies in 2017.

Now at LA Galaxy in America, the 37-year-old is looking forward to seeing his old sides cross swords on Wednesday.

"I think it will be a very interesting game,” Zlatan told Barcelona's official Twitter account. 

“Two big teams, two big clubs, playing against each other. Both clubs are with a great history and it will be exciting to see. There are fantastic players in each team. Let's see who will be the strongest for the day,” he added.

Having played with some of the best players in the world, Zlatan expects two former team-mates to play big roles in determining the outcome at Old Trafford.

"I think, obviously, [Lionel] Messi makes the difference in every game and it is no secret in United you have [Paul] Pogba making the difference there. 

“I think it will be a battle between Messi and Pogba, even if it is a collective sport. These games are all about the team, not an individual player, but yes these are the players that make the difference so it will be interesting.”

Speaking to Barcelona, Zlatan was also asked about his best experiences during his time at the Nou Camp.

"My best memory of Barca was that it was the best team in the world,” he said.

“Everywhere we came, everywhere we went, people had so much respect for the team, you enjoyed playing for the team and you had that feeling that you would win the game, even if you weren't performing on top because the team was so strong. Great memories."

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