‘What’s going on with you big nose? Shut up!’: Marcos Rojo reveals how Jose Mourinho had to break up a dressing room brawl at Manchester United which was sparked by him mocking Zlatan Ibrahimovic
- Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were Manchester United team-mates
- They played together at Old Trafford for almost two years and won two trophies
- Rojo is now on loan at Estudiantes, while Ibrahimovic is back at AC Milan
They may have shared some winning moments together on the pitch, but Marcos Rojo has revealed that he nearly shared some blows with Zlatan Ibrahimovic too.
The two were team-mates at Manchester United for nearly two seasons during 2016 and 2018 – winning the League Cup and Europa League in 2017.
Despite their apparent chemistry on the pitch, the pair once nearly fought after a training ground incident that resulted in then-manager Jose Mourinho having to break it up before it escalated it further.
Marcos Rojo (right) has revealed that he nearly came to blows with Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The former Manchester United team-mates nearly fought after an incident during training
‘Zlatan has a strong character, Ezequiel Lavezzi had warned me,’ Rojo told Cielo Sports.
‘I knew he wanted us to give him all the balls, but during a game phase I saw him ask for it and I didn’t give it to him. I passed it to Paul Pogba.
‘Then he started yelling at me, raising his hand, and telling me a lot of things in Spanish and English.
‘I said to him: “What’s going on with you big nose? Shut up…”
‘I knew that if he caught me, he would kill me so the only thing for me to do was face him.
Jose Mourinho, then United manager at the time, prevented the fight from escalating further
Rojo and Ibrahimovic share a joke during a more jovial exchange in February 2017
‘When he entered the locker room, I directly told him to close his mouth and stop yelling.
‘We started to insult each other and all our team-mates were watching us.
‘And in the middle, Jose Mourinho was trying to calm us down.’
It’s unlikely that Rojo and Ibrahimovic will cross paths in the future with both no longer at Old Trafford at present.
Rojo is on loan at boyhood club Estudiantes in Argentina, while Ibrahimovic is enjoying a second spell at AC Milan having left LA Galaxy last year.
Ibrahimovic and Rojo celebrate together after Manchester United’s League Cup win in 2017