Jaap Stam will return to Old Trafford this afternoon as manager of our FA Cup opponents Reading. Ahead of the game he spoke about Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who he faced when he played for AC Milan and our striker was at Juventus.
He is big and you see a lot of defenders playing against a big striker like that; they try to anticipate and get in front of him every time to win that ball off him. But sometimes you just need to be patient and let him have it. In the moment that he is trying to turn, then step in and try to win the ball.
In the way he plays, sometimes he plays high up the pitch and sometimes he drops in deep to get the ball. Then he passes it to a midfield player and makes his run, so for a big player he is quite mobile in the way he moves.
He is very fit and I think he is a great professional, so I was quite surprised by how people treated him at the beginning of the season because he has shown everybody, even when he wasn’t at United, that he is one of the best strikers in the world.