Antonio Conte says Zlatan Ibrahimovic is “at the top of his form”, ahead of Chelsea’s Sky Live clash with Manchester United on Sunday.

The Premier League leaders travel to Old Trafford having secured back-to-back victories following their surprise home defeat by Crystal Palace in April.

Chelsea’s defense has conceded just 25 Premier League goals this season but will come up against Zlatan Ibrahimovic when they visit Old Trafford, with the former Sweden international scoring 28 goals in all competitions this campaign.

“Zlatan now is at the top of his form,” said Conte. “I think he’s a great player now, a top player. He’s not only a finisher, he plays for the team. For me, he’s one of the best players in the world.

“So we must have good defensive organisation and pay great attention because, when he attacks the box, he’s very dangerous.

“Also, when he receives the ball, he’s dangerous. He’s a very dangerous player.”

Jose Mourinho lost on his Stamford Bridge return in the reverse league fixture, with Chelsea running out 4-0 winners against Manchester United in October.

“My expectations are for a tough game,” Conte said of Sunday’s match. “I think when I talk about a tough game I invoke the tactical, physical and mental aspects.

“It’s not right to tell only one of these aspects. There are many great players but technicality is not enough. You must have good impact physically and with the right mentality.Antonio Conte is preparing for a 'tough game' at Old Trafford

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“The coach has to work on the tactical aspect, the physical aspect, the psychological aspect.

“In this type of game it’s important to prepare your team to face every situation – tactical, physical or mental.”

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