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Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic

David de Gea: ‘Zlatan is very big. He’s even more imposing in real life than on TV’

David de Gea is 6ft 4in but even he looks up to Zlatan Ibrahimovic – quite literally. There is an expression on the Manchester United goalkeeper’s face that says as much as he does. It is one that José Mourinho hopes will find its echo in opponents when they line up alongside his side in the tunnel. The Portuguese manager, described by his goalkeeper as a “winner”, is building a talented team; he is also building an intimidating one.