Lee Grant has explained how Man Utd players were so impressed with Zlatan Ibrahimovic that they idolised him even long after he had left the club.
The Swedish striker spent just under two years at Old Trafford during which time he quickly became a fan favourite.
Grant never actually got to play alongside the enigmatic frontman as he joined just months after Ibrahimovic's departure.
But the United no.3 goalkeeper joked how he once got the better of Ibrahimovic when coming up against him whilst playing for Stoke.
“I had him on toast!" Grant told the Utd Podcast. “He's in here, in my pocket somewhere.
“I had him on toast that day [a 1-1 draw in October 2016]. Of course, I wouldn't say that to his face.
"If I was training against him, I would imagine he would have me on toast more than I had him on toast but that was a good day for me."
Ibrahimovic departed United for America when he signed for LA Galaxy in March 2018.
Shortly after though Grant got the chance to finally meet him on a team trip to LA.
“His period at the club had just come to an end but the lads would talk about him constantly. 'Do you remember when Zlatan did this?' 'Do you remember him getting on to such and such in training and he nearly made him cry?'
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"'Do you remember that thing he does, the kung-fu kick over his head?' 'Do you remember Zlatan scored that goal? Do you remember when he nutmegged that guy and absolutely took the p***?
“I thought: 'Oh my god, who is this Zlatan character?' but that was what it was like all the time.
“For me, just to see how the lads interacted with him. Huge stars, well huge stars to me, looking up to the king! It was quite an eye-opener. But he seemed a really nice guy."
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