Zlatan Ibrahimovic has reignited his feud with Pep Guardiola ahead of the Manchester derby today by aiming another strike at the Manchester City boss.
Ibrahimovic and Guardiola had a fractious relationship when they both worked at Barcelona, which prompted Ibrahimovic to label Guardiola a ‘spineless coward’ in his explosive autobiography and then later labelling him ‘not a man’.
The Swede has now aimed another jab at his former boss by claiming current manager Jose Mourinho has superior man-management techniques.
“He (Mourinho) is direct with everyone, he will not go behind your back, he will tell you. I prefer it like that.
“Wherever Guardiola has gone he has won and he has been very successful.
“How he works today I don’t know and I don’t care because he is not my coach.”
Meanwhile, Guardiola has severally refuted any suggestions by the Swede that he shut him out, insisting that he was always upfront with the 34-year old striker.
Guardiola said: ”I was clear, I spoke with him always face to face, always.
“I never used the media to explain what I wanted from Zlatan on the pitch. I was so clear and direct to him.”
Both Manchester clubs clash at Old Trafford today at lunch time with both sides having started the season in an impressive fashion.