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Ibrahimovic: Guardiola fall out still motivates me

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has 26 goals to his name this season Credit: PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says his falling out with Pep Guardiola at Barcelona still motivates him.

Guardiola brought Ibrahimovic to the Nou Camp in 2009 but the relationship between the pair broke down. Zlatan was then loaned to AC Milan after only a season before making the move permanent.

Jose Mourinho when he was in charge at Inter Milan with Pep Guardiola and Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Barcelona Credit: PA

The Manchester United striker will be fired up when they travel to the Eithad Stadium next month to face Guardiola's Manchester City in the Premier League.

I learned from Barcelona, both on and off the pitch. I learned that in football any situation can change in 24 hours.

The problem wasn't with me, it was with him, and he never came to terms with it. I don't know what his problem was with me.

It is something that drives me, gives me adrenaline and extra motivation. It is normal after what has happened. I'm using it as a positive, not negative.

– Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaking with Fabio Capello on Fox Sports Italia

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has eyes on more trophies with Man Utd

Zlatan on the ball for Man Utd. Credit: PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants to lift more trophies before his first season at Manchester United is out.

The 35-year-old arrived to much fanfare in the summer and has lived up to the hype, having already become the first United player to score 20 goals in a season since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

There will be plenty of opportunities to add to that tally as United are fighting on four fronts, with the EFL Cup final against Southampton awaiting after matches in the FA Cup and Europa League.

"We just need to keep going," Ibrahimovic said after Saturday's 2-0 win against Watford.

"We want to go through the Europa League and we have a good game at home against St Etienne.

"From five trophies this season we have won one and we are still in four.

"I think from the teams in front, only one will become [Premier League] champions. The rest will not get a trophy, but we have one and we can get our second one.

"And we are still in the Europa League and FA Cup, so if we don't become champions in the Premier League at least we can try and win two or three trophies."

Zlatan praises 'complete' Man Utd team-mate Rooney

Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Credit: PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic cannot understand why record-breaking Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney is so unappreciated and undervalued.

On Saturday the 31-year-old broke Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time United scoring record in sumptuous fashion, bending home an exceptional free-kick to secure a last-gasp 1-1 draw at Stoke.

"He's a complete player," the Swede said. "Off the field he's a real leader and on the field he's just complete.

"He helps his team-mates well and has that big quality - he knows how to score goals, knows how to assist.

"But he works very hard, he's got a good attitude and spirit.

"Everybody knows what Wayne is. But this country has to appreciate him.

"I don't see any other strikers like him today. Give me some names. Tell me. And still you're not happy."

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Zlatan makes snow angel for Christmas

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic managed to grab the attention even on Christmas Day as the Manchester United striker celebrated in a typically enigmatic style.

The 35-year-old released a video of himself wearing only underpants outside in the dark, lying down in the snow and creating a 'snow angel'.

Ibrahimovic spent time in his home country of Sweden earlier this month, which is when he may have encountered the snow, given temperatures in Manchester this week have been unusually mild.

After the Instagram video shows the former Paris St Germain player making the angel shape in the snow, Ibrahimovic performs four sit-ups before climbing up and running off camera, shivering.

Palace manager excited by seeing Ibrahimovic again

Zlatan Ibrahimovic started at Malmo. Credit: PA

Alan Pardew finally gets the chance to come up against Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Wednesday, 18 years after first meeting the superstar striker.

At the start of his managerial career Pardew was on a scouting trip in Sweden when he was introduced to a 17-year-old Ibrahimovic.

The forward went on to have a stellar career with Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and Paris St Germain before joining Manchester United in the summer.

It has been a long time coming but Pardew is now relishing the chance to send his Crystal Palace side out against United and Ibrahimovic at Selhurst Park.

Coming up against Zlatan is one thing I've not done in my career and I'm looking forward to it.

I met him when he was 17 in Sweden. My wife is Swedish and her family all love him to bits. He's an icon there, almost god-like.

He always makes me smile, and he makes me smile as a person because I think he plays in the right spirit.

He probably doesn't remember but it was a social meeting and he carried himself well and spoke well, very professionally, even at a young age.

Can you imagine him here, or at Newcastle or West Ham? They'd have loved him. He's an infectious person, he represents the game in the right manner, he's a great talent and he's scored some wonder goals.

– Alan Pardew
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