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Manchester United News: Zlatan Ibrahimovic picks the real winner in the clash of his former clubs, Manchester United and PSG

1.85K   //    12 Feb 2019, 22:55 IST

Ibrahimovic has tipped PSG to end Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's unbeaten streak tonight
Ibrahimovic has tipped PSG to end Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's unbeaten streak tonight

What's the story?

The first leg of the Round of 16 fixtures of the UEFA Champions League kicks off soon and all eyes will be on the opening fixture at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has appeared for both of the top European clubs in the competition, has told Fox Sports who he thinks will be the real winner in the end.

If you haven't guessed it yet, the real winner according to Zlatan is going to be, well, Zlatan himself. He has claimed that no matter who wins this match, he'll go home a winner.

In case you didn't know...

Zlatan Ibrahimovic represented 6 different teams in the Champions League during his career, but failed to claim the prestigious trophy in any of the 15 editions of the competition he competed in.

Zlatan is only the third active footballer with more than 500 top flight goals, with five-time Ballon d'Or winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi being the other two.

The Swedish striker is considered amongst the best players to never have lifted the European Cup, alongside Gianluigi Buffon, Ronaldo Nazario and Pavel Nedved.

The two sides have never faced each other in the Champions League, but the last time they met the 37-year-old striker was on target for the Parisians, as they lifted the International Champions Cup trophy in 2015.

The heart of the matter...

Ibrahimovic, whose last two European clubs were PSG and Manchester United before he joined LA Galaxy in March last year, has revealed which side he thinks has the better chance of winning the first leg of their Round of 16 fixture.

He told the media that PSG are the favorites for now. As reported by MEN, he said:

"I think PSG are little favourites because of the players they have."

Finally, in his own style, the outspoken striker said that he's OK with however the game pans out, as in the end he will be the winner, with one of his former teams in the next round. He explained:

I’m OK, either way it goes."
"But whoever wins, I’m the winner, whoever goes through I will still have my team in the Champions League."

What's next?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on an unbeaten run across all competitions with the Red Devils, and with Neymar and Cavani out of the first leg, he'll be looking to extend that record against PSG.

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