At 35, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has toured Europe representing juggernauts such as Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, AC Milan as well as Paris Saint-Germain before arriving at Manchester United in the summer.

So the veteran Sweden striker knows a big game and the effect it has on both sides.

Ahead of Wednesday night’s EFL Cup clash between the two Manchester Clubs, Ibrahimovic has outlined the importance of such a mega fixture stating that it will bring out the best from the Red Devils.

United lost the first Manchester derby of the season 2-1 to Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad Stadium last month but as they host Manchester City tonight, Jose Mourinho’s side are definitely out for a revenge.

“We cannot go back and change the result, absolutely not, but we can make a difference in the upcoming game,” Ibrahimovic told MUTV when asked about United’s recent defeat to City which he scored the Reds only goal.

“We have an opportunity to play against City again, at home.

“We didn’t do good in the last game because we lost, obviously, but let’s change that for this game and win the game and go further in the cup. That’s what we want. We believe in ourselves and believe in what we are doing, that’s the main thing.

“They have good quality players, they know what they’re doing and what they need to do, but at the same time we know also what we need to do and what we are doing.

“It’s nice to play against good players because they are the games that you can bring out the maximum of yourself.

“Of course, everything is new for me [for the derby], I play the game and I saw how the game goes. It’s a rival game between two teams from the same city; one is light blue, one is red. You always want to be the boss of the city, of course.

“I have big experience for these kinds of games; I’ve played all over Europe in similar games, the kind of games, let’s say, where the heat is. I came out as a winner many times in these moments so let’s hope this is another moment I can come out as a winner.”


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