Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic has slammed Pep Guardiola recalling a story from his time under the boss at Barcelona.
The respected Italian outlet CalcioMercato has citied the comments Ibrahimovic made to Sky Sports Italia in which the star claimed Guardiola “had no balls” after he “told Guardiola that he’d sacrificed the other players for Messi.”
The report states that Ibrahimovic often felt that he was either pushed out wide or benched in order to make way for Lionel Messi. The Swede felt that the compromises made by the Spanish manger showed that he had no balls in never dropping Messi despite Ibrahimovic vocally sharing his annoyances.
The story emerges after a fiery Manchester derby last weekend. United slipped to a 2-1 defeat to City at Old Trafford and fell ten points behind their neighbours in the race for the league title.
The real drama however occurred after the full-time whistle with the BBC revealing that players and staff clashed after Jose Mourinho angrily confronted Man City players for boasting of their victory.
Mourinho and Guardiola already have history with the two managers having clashed on numerous occasions in La Liga when managing Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.
Ibrahimovic’s latest comments are only sure to ramp up the tension between United and City even further.