JOSE MOURINHO is often seen as the antagonist-in-chief but Marcos Rojo has talked up his peacekeeping side.
The Argentine almost came to blows with Zlatan Ibrahimovic during a training ground session while playing under the coach at Manchester United.
But Mourinho‘s intervention served to calm things down while their teammates nervously watched on.
According to Rojo, his decision not to pass the ball to Ibrahimovic angered him in a way his countryman Ezequiel Lavezzi had warned him about.
Rojo told Cielo Sports, via Daily Mirror: “Zlatan has a strong character, Lavezzi had warned me.
“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.
“When he entered the dressing room, I directly told him to close his mouth and stop yelling. We started to insult each other and all our teammates were watching us.
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“And in the middle, Jose Mourinho was trying to calm us down.”
Ibrahimovic joined Rojo at Old Trafford in the summer of 2016 and they spent their entire time together under Mourinho.
But it was chiefly during the 2016/17 campaign when they both featured, as the Red Devils won the Europa League and League Cup.
Rojo’s season ended early however, the centre-back damaging his cruciate ligament just weeks before the end of the campaign and Ibrahimovic left midway through the following year.
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