Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists he possess extra motivation to beat Manchester City because of their manager Pep Guardiola.
The pair were together at Barcelona for one season in 2009-10, but things quickly turned around as the big Swede left to join AC Milan.
Ibrahimovic claims their previous situation has given him more inspiration to beat Guardiola’s team, even though it’s nothing personal.
Speaking about the Manchester Derby, Ibrahimovic claims it’ll give him more adrenaline to play well against his team.
“When I play against his team, it’s something that motivates me, it gives me adrenaline,” he said.
“It’s not personal what I have. It’s part of the game.”
They won the Spanish title during their time at Camp Nou, with Zlatan scoring 16 league goals, but things changed quickly, as we’ve previously seen from Ibrahimovic’s autobiography where he labelled Guardiola as a coward.
It’s brilliant to have the trio in Manchester as the rivalry intensifies and there’s no doubt Jose Mourinho is the right man to guide United forward, with Ibrahimovic claiming that the Portuguese boss has such an impact on his gameplay that he’d be willing to kill for him.