Paul Pogba reveals why he has nicknamed Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘Thor’

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It hasn’t taken long for Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United’s two star summer signings, to strike up a bromance.

The two superstars have been joking around together on social media and Pogba has revealed in interviews that Zlatan has taken the mickey out of him for the kickboxing video he uploaded to Instagram shortly before his record-breaking move to Old Trafford was confirmed.

“He goes: ‘What is this?’ I was laughing,” Pogba revealed an interview with Sky Sports’ Thierry Henry. “‘Come on you have to give one punch and that’s it. You don’t have to do this and this’.”


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United fans may also have noticed that Pogba doesn’t refer to Ibrahimovic by his surname or as ‘Zlatan’ - instead, the French midfielder has given the Swedish striker the nickname ‘Thor’.

For those wondering why, Pogba revealed all in an interview with leading Norwegian television station TV2 Sport.

Pogba explains why he calls Zlatan 'Thor'

“Ha-ha. If you see the movie ‘Thor’, he is a god,” Pogba explained. “I always say that Zlatan is a god. Therefore, I call him Thor, it's just a joke. We have got a very good friendship.

“He's like a brother to everyone, he likes to give advice to all and turn a joke. On the pitch, he is a winner, so it's really good to have him here.”

Pogba also met Zlatan in Los Angeles prior to his United move, although he insists they didn’t talk about playing together in Manchester.

“We have the same agent and I met Zlatan for the first time,” the Frenchman added. “We talked about life and nothing else.”

Pogba and Zlatan start against Southampton

Pogba and Zlatan line-up for the first time this evening as United host Southampton at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho has named both players in his starting line-up, although Pogba isn’t expected to play the full 90 minutes.

Who will turn out to be the better signing for Manchester United: Paul Pogba or Zlatan Ibrahimovic? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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