Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has launched a scathing attack on Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, criticising his man-management and personal skills.
Ibrahimovic joined Barcelona in 2009, spending just one season at the Nou Camp before joining AC Milan, initially on loan before the move was made permanent the following summer.
During his time under Guardiola the Swede was handed 29 appearances and scored 16 times in 23 starts. But he also endured a turbulent year under the coach, remaining on the bench for many games after accusing Guardiola of sacrificing the other players for Lionel Messi.
Speaking to Sky Sports Italia, Ibrahimovic said: ‘I’d walk into a room and he’d walk out. I’d go to meet him and he’d go somewhere else. I understood that there was something beyond football.
‘The problem was his, it was he who hadn’t solved the problem with me. I remember on my first day, he told me that the Barcelona players didn’t turn up to training in Ferraris or Porsches.
‘He’d already judged me then, but if you don’t know a person then you can’t judge them. I had my experience with him, I don’t know about others.
‘I read the same thing had happened to (Mario) Mandzukic and (Samuel) Eto’o. He wasn’t the worst coach I’d worked under, but he was certainly the most immature because a man solves his problems.’
In his 2011 book I Am Zlatan , Ibrahimovic called Guardiola a ‘spineless coward’ following a row over Barcelona’s Champions League semi-final defeat to Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan.
The latest attack come after the duo met on Sunday in the Manchester derby, that saw City extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 11 points following a 2-1 victory over United at Old Trafford. Ibrahimovic played just 10 minutes in the match.