Schmeichel believes Ibrahimovic could emulate Cantona at Man United

Former Man United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has lavished praise on PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, stating his belief that the Swede is a born Red Devils player, according to The Daily Mail.

Schmeichel, who made 292 appearances in eight years at Old Trafford, believes that Ibrahimovic could even enjoy similar affection from the club’s fans as Eric Cantona enjoyed during five trophy-laden years under Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Danish goalkeeper left the club following Man United’s treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League victories in 1999 and was originally to leave alongside Ferguson, though the Scot changed his mind and continued for another 14 years at the helm.

The 49-year-old said: “You’ve got to ask Zlatan why he hasn’t played in England yet, but I’d love to see him at Manchester United. I don’t know who he supports, but he’s a born Manchester United player, he would be absolutely brilliant.

“I think our supporters would love him, if he ever made that move, he wouldn’t move again. For Zlatan to play the way we love him to play, he has to be Zlatan. We’re a very big football club and we’ve had players behaving in different ways throughout the history of the club.

“The managers have always been able to handle that and get the maximum out of the players. A lot of people are comparing Zlatan with Eric, Eric Cantona. He had a difficult time before he came to United – he had 11 clubs in France and a trial at Sheffield Wednesday and Trevor Francis didn’t fancy him and then he had six months at Leeds and Howard Wilkinson didn’t fancy him.

“But then he came to United and the rest is history. He’s arguably the greatest player we’ve ever had. I think he’s [Ibrahimovic] so suited to the Premier League and he has loads of time left in his career, I hope we see him there”

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