Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has adapted well in his first season in the Premier League, scoring 28 goals across all competitions for the Red Devils.
The 35-year-old, who joined on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain last summer, boasts 13 league titles from stints in Holland, Spain, Italy and France.
He is also the joint-eighth highest goalscorer in the Champions League and is 49th on the list of all-time Serie A top scorers.
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Italy legends Alessandro Del Piero and Filippo Inzaghi also rank highly on those prestigious lists.
And Desailly, who played against both former Italy internationals during his playing career, says Ibrahimovic offers something completely different.
“I would have loved to have played against Zlatan,” Desailly said.
“Del Piero, I didn’t ever really want to play against him. Inzaghi was also this kind of player who doesn’t give you a point of reference.
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic (left) has scored 28 goals this season
Desailly says Ibrahimovic's agility makes him a deadly striker
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“But Zlatan yes – he wants to be strong, he wants to be in front, he wants to be the point of reference.
“He’s high, he’s tall and he isn’t afraid of anyone.
“I would have loved to have played against him to see how agile he is.
“He can move, he can change direction. He’s tall, he’s over six foot – and his agility is just amazing and this allows him to make the difference most of the time.
“If you are close to him you can push him but he will twist a little bit and win the header. He has a great general talent.”
Desailly (right) challenges Italy legend Del Piero for the ball
Inzaghi remains of the Italy's highest ever goalscorers
Desailly played for Chelsea between 1998 and 2004
Ibrahimovic is expected to start for United against Chelsea on Sunday (4pm) as the Red Devils seek to close the gap on the top four.
Chelsea, meanwhile, will hope to stretch their lead at the top of the table to 10 points, with second-place Tottenham playing Bournemouth on Saturday (12.30pm).
Marcel Desailly was speaking at the TAG Heuer Premier League Pressure Test. TAG Heuer is the first ever Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the Premier League.