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Zlatan Ibrahimovic fires first Manchester Derby shots with poke at Claudio Bravo

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic fires first Manchester Derby shots with poke at Claudio Bravo

The Manchester United striker had a cheeky dig at Manchester City's new goalkeeper ahead of Saturday’s crunch clash.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has kicked this season's first Manchester derby rivalry up a notch.

United take on City at Old Trafford at 12.30pm this Saturday, in what should be a mouthwatering clash.

The striker, who has netted three times in three outings for his new club, is no stranger to intense club rivalries.

Having played for Juventus, both Milan sides, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, Ibrahimovic knows a thing or two about top-league derbies.

The Swede is likely to start up front on Saturday in his first taste of a Manchester derby, which fans from both sides of the city would argue is incomparable in English football.

Facing him could be former Barca keeper Claudio Bravo, who signed for City in August after Joe Hart was shipped out on loan.

Bravo in action for Chile at the 2016 Copa America

Willy Caballero has started the first three ties under Pep Guardiola but there is no doubt that Bravo will be first choice for the Spanish boss.

Whether or not he will be thrown in at the deep end in Old Trafford, only the teamsheets at 11.30am on Saturday will tell.

It looks like Zlatan reckons Bravo will make Pep's starting XI for the derby, judging by this mind-game effort aimed at the Chilean stopper: