Northampton Defender, Zakuani Calls Man Utd Star A Brick WallThe experience of playing against Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been compared to bumping into "a brick wall" by Northampton Town defender Gabriel Zakuani, who also said the Manchester United striker talks like a "robot" on the field, similar to the "Terminator."
Ibrahimovic came up against Zakuani when the striker was brought on as a second-half substitute for United in Wednesday's night League Cup victory against Northampton.
The scores were level at the time, but the Swede helped United to secure a 3-1 victory, setting up a fixture against Manchester City in the next round.
I feel like I bumped into a brick wall a couple of times. He's a lot stronger than I thought so I had to be a bit smart and try to win the second ball because there was no getting around him. He was a lot bigger than I thought he was.
He talks a lot on the pitch, but he talks a bit like a robot, kind of like Terminator. It's sort of in slow motion.
You can see his influence on their team. He'll tell a few of the players that are rushing past him to just calm down and relax on the ball. He does influence a lot of their attacks and off the ball he does get their players going. You can see his experience and his influence on the team and he has got the respect of everyone at the club. You can see straight away that he has the respect of everyone at the club.
Zakuani also described Marcus Rashford, who also came on as a substitute against Northampton, as United's "most dangerous player."
He plays with no fear, he said. He starts running at you as soon as he gets the ball. As soon as he came on he just wanted to run with the ball and that was something that I felt they were lacking. For me I think he is probably their most dangerous player.
When asked if Rashford was tougher to play against than Rooney, Zakuani said:
I'd say he is because when someone wants to get in behind and they're as quick as he is, doing that for 90 minutes, I wouldn't fancy that.