ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC has revealed that the winger told him ‘you know my father’ when he first met Anthony Elanga.
The duo will be on the pitch together for the first time on Wednesday when Sweden host the Czech Republic in a crucial World Cup play-off.
But while Zlatan has never played with the Manchester United prodigy before, he has played with an Elanga.
Speaking of his first encounter with the starlet, Ibrahimovic said: “When I first met him, we were at the restaurant on the [United] training ground and he came up to me and said, ‘You know my dad’ and I was like help me now because I don’t know who I’m talking to.
“‘You played Elanga with my dad’ and then everything clicked and I said ‘OK’ and it made me happy because I wasn’t the only Swede in Manchester, we had another Swedish player.”
Ibrahimovic, 40, played for Malmo with Elanga’s father Joseph before joining Ajax in 2000.
On the younger Elanga’s progress, Zlatan beamed: “We are all happy and enjoying the adventure he is in, he has just started and is on the way up so it’s good.
“You will have something to see for another 20 years.”
The 19-year-old forward has gushed about his eldest and called it an “honour” to play alongside Ibra.
He said: “You can see what he’s done for the national team over the last 20 years and of course at club football level you can see him scoring his goals.
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“Even when I was young I looked up to him as I’m from Sweden.
“When I found out he had signed for United I couldn’t wait to speak to him and ask him about the memories he had with my father.
“It means a lot to me to see him here and train with him day in and day out – it’s an honour.”
The duo aim to take Sweden to Qatar for this winter’s World Cup.
They meet the Czechs in Stockholm on Wednesday, with the winners meeting Poland next week for a place in the finals.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/4953884/zlatan-man-utd-elanga-dad-malmo/ Zlatan reveals when he first met Man Utd star Elanga he said: ‘You know my dad’ after playing with his dad in Malmo