'Do you remember when Zlatan did this?' - Man Utd stars in awe of Ibrahimovic long after he left Old Trafford
Manchester United players were still in awe of Zlatan Ibrahimovic even after the Swedish forward had left Old Trafford, says Red Devils goalkeeper Lee Grant.
“All I was hearing in that first month or so, while I was acclimatising, were stories about Zlatan,” Grant told the club’s official website.
“His period at the club had just come to an end but the lads would talk about him constantly. 'Do you remember when Zlatan did this?' 'Do you remember him getting on to such and such in training and he nearly made him cry?' 'Do you remember that thing he does, the kung-fu kick over his head?' 'Do you remember Zlatan scored that goal? Do you remember when he nutmegged that guy and absolutely took the p*ss?
“I thought: 'Oh my God, who is this Zlatan character?' but that was what it was like all the time.
“I got to meet him on pre-season tour in LA but it was literally for five or 10 minutes, just to say hello and ask how he was enjoying America and all the rest of it.
“For me, just to see how the lads interacted with him. Huge stars, well huge stars to me, looking up to the king! It was quite an eye-opener. But he seemed a really nice guy.
“I'm actually disappointed I didn't get the chance to play with him myself. I played against him, of course.”
Though Grant did not play alongside Ibrahimovic, he did impress when playing against him for Stoke in October 2016.
The 37-year-old made a string of saves as the Potters secured a 1-1 draw against Jose Mourinho’s side, which may have gone a long waytowards convincingthe United hierarchy to sign him 21 months later.
“I had him on toast,” joked Grant. “He's in here, in my pocket somewhere.
“I had him on toast that day. Of course, I wouldn't say that to his face. If I was training against him, I would imagine he would have me on toast more than I had him on toast but that was a good day for me.
Source : goal.com
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