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Mkhitaryan: Ibra is not the only God

Henrikh Mkhitaryan claims Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not the only God in football, saying he helped the Swede realize that during their Europa League trip to face FC Rostov in March

The Armenian midfielder showed Ibra a glimpse of what he has become in the eyes of many in his homeland during a Europa League trip of United in the 2016-17 season. The Red Devils visited FC Rostov back in March, when Mkhitaryan has enjoyed a similar response from fans to what Ibrahimovic is used to at Old Trafford.

“Everyone knows Ibrahimovic calls himself the God. But when we landed in Rostov I told him: ‘You see who the real God is’,” the midfielder told a Match TV documentary.

He continued: “I’m joking. There were many Armenians chanting my name. After that he understood there is another God – me!”

The Armenian claimed he had built up a strong friendship with Ibrahimovic since the Swede’s move to England in 2016. He also said that what most people perceive about the 36-year-old striker is wrong.

“Zlatan has a strong temper. Many people don’t agree with him. People do not understand or do not want to understand his jokes or what he’s talking about. But I have had good relations with him from the first moment. We kept in touch even when he was recovering out of Manchester.”

The Swedish national hero, Ibrahimovic has injured himself during another Europa League game, when United played against Anderlecht last season. Since his knee injury, Ibra has worked his way back, earning him a new short-term contract with Jose Mourinho’s team.

The Armenian Mkhitaryan, meanwhile, has been struggling since making a more than bright start to the 2017-18 season. After impressing many, the midfielder has only played in two games in November as Jose Mourinho continues to shuffle his Premier League squad.