Former Man City defender Nedum Onuoha has claimed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic threatened to ‘hurt him’ in their MLS clash on Sunday.
Tensions between the two began to brew after LA Galaxy frontman Ibrahimovic appeared to catch Real Salt Lake’s Onuoha with his arm, prompting the duo to square-up.
The Swede was cautioned, but went on to have the deciding say in the match – scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory and making a point of going straight to Onuoha to celebrate.
The former Manchester United star’s visit to Salt Lake’s dressing room after the match was not well received, either.
“He came in to apologise after the game, because from 60 minutes in, he’s saying he’s going to do me, he’s going to hurt me for that game,” Onuoha revealed after the match.
“This is a guy who is the face of MLS, as he calls himself, and he plays that way on the field.
“If someone comes in and says that to me, I’m not going to accept his apology. It’s unacceptable.”
Ibrahimovic was less apologetic as he spoke to the media post-match media, saying “what happens on the field stays on the field”.
“I like to feel alive,” he added. “I like when it becomes duels and that because sometimes, not that I fall asleep, but I don’t feel alive if they don’t activate me.
“They need to activate me or else it becomes too easy.
“I know me. When I get angry I feel good.”