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Northampton defender's hilarious description of Zlatan Ibrahimovic after EFL Cup

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has always been one of football's biggest and best personalities and, after arriving at Manchester United this summer, fans in England are finally getting the chance to see that up close.

And it isn't just supporters who are enjoying the Swedish striker's unique persona either, with stories of his Old Trafford teammates being in awe of him already doing the rounds.

However, today might have just brought the strangest Zlatan story of the season so far and it comes courtesy of Northampton Town defender Gabriel Zakuani.

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With Jose Mourinho having introduced Ibrahimovic in the second half of Wednesday night's EFL Cup clash between United and Northampton, Zakuani got an unlikely opportunity to share the pitch with the former Barcelona, Milan and PSG striker.

Asked after the final whistle what it was like to go up against the experienced star, Zakuani claimed the big man actually sounds a lot like a sci-fi character made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger back in the 1980s.

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"He talks a lot on the pitch, but he talks a bit like a robot," The Cobblers defender said, via the Daily Mail. "Kind of like Terminator. It's sort of in slow motion."

Standing at 6ft 5 inches tall and with the frame of a second-row forward, the 35-year-old is certainly an imposing figure.

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And now that the secret is out that he apparently sounds like the Terminator when in the thick of the action, it only adds to his aura.

It is clearly having an impact, though.

"You can see his influence on their team," Zakuani continued. "He'll tell a few of the players that are rushing past him to just calm down and relax on the ball.

"You can see straight away that he has the respect of everyone at the club."

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You'd have to be a brave man to try and argue against Ibrahimovic, even if you're on his team.

However, whilst the veteran may seem like a scary character to deal with, he has apparently made himself very open to all of his United teammates since arriving this summer and has quickly become a popular member of the dressing room.

Unfortunately for Zakuani, it is unlikely Ibrahimovic employed his sound-a-like's "I'll be back" catchphrase at the full-time whistle last night because, with two divisions separating United and Northampton, it might be some time before the two teams meet again.

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