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Mourinho, Ibrahimovic, Rojo and the ‘big nose’ row

Marcos Rojo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Marcos Rojo recalled the time he called Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘big nose’ on the pitch and the row escalated in the dressing room. 

Jose Mourinho is a lot of things but who would have thought he was a peacemaker. At least in one incident, the Special One took up this hat, although now unknowingly.

It began with a pass to Paul Pogba that left Zlatan fuming. The towering Swede let his frustrations known and he got a swift jibe in return. Ibrahimovic was unhappy with it.

Rojo called him ‘big nose’ and it did not sit well with him. Interestingly, it all happened when United were winning and only a few minutes had been played in the first half. 

It escalated during the half-time break with both Rojo and Zlatan in a heated conversation. Thankfully, Mourinho came to the rescure. 

“We finish the first half and go to the locker room. I’m in my place, taking off my boots. And he enters angrily, he kicks something. He stops, looks at me and yells at me: ‘What did you say to me?’,” Rojo told Infobae.

“So I also stop and say – ‘What did you say to me?’ – Although inside I was hoping someone would separate us, because he could have killed me. And the English, all big, separate us. Mourinho enters screaming, scrambling bottles. A mess in the locker room. Then it’s done, we win and go to the next round.”

The row did not end there and Zlatan had his fun the next morning during breakfast. He grabbed Rojo from the back of his next and asked him the question again. Fortunately this time, he was in a good mood.

“The next day, early, I was having breakfast. I felt grabbed at the back of the neck, and I couldn’t turn. And he says – ‘What did you say to me?’ – and he started laughing. Anyway, thank goodness the karate move was a joke: I was already done, I’d never get out of it.”