Manchester United legend claims European goal-machine what United need

Peter Schmeichel has claimed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be an ideal signing for Manchester United and believes the Paris Saint-Germain star could be one of the club’s great players were he to move to the Premier League.

“Last summer there were rumours that he would come to Manchester United. I said back then that Zlatan was built for the club, he was born to play.” Schmeichel said speaking to L’Equipe.

“What Zlatan does with PSG is quite incredible. “He gives PSG so much credibility and visibility.

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Schmeichel went on to compare Ibrahimovic to one of Manchester United’s greatest-ever strikers in Eric Cantona.

The former goalkeeping hero feels that the freedom given to players at United would suit the PSG striker and that his personality would help him to shine.

“Why was Cantona so strong when I was there and not that strong in Leeds or France? Because it’s Manchester United,” Schmeichel added.

“There’s this freedom given to players but also responsibilities. We don’t care what you like or who you are, we care about what you do on the pitch and the influence you have on the team. If you don’t respect that, you leave.

“There are hundreds of players who are trying to be a Beckham or a Cantona but do not have the personality, and they fail.”

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Ibrahimovic certainly possesses the qualities to play in the Premier League and his goal output doesn’t seem to be dropping despite the fact he is 33 now.

He has 23 goals in 30 games so far this season and an incredible 316 career goals in 569 games – a strike rate of a goal in every 1.8 matches.

With a year left to run on his Paris Saint-Germain contract he could still be a costly signing and whether or not Louis Van Gaal is likely to spend out on a 33 year old remains to be seen.

Do you think Zlatan Ibrahimovic could move to United? Would he be a success in the Premier League?

About Lewis Addley (634 Articles)
Major League Soccer and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor, writer and Social Media manager for MLSGB. All views are my own.

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