Peter Schmeichel: Zlatan Ibrahimovic was born to play for Manchester United

by Tanveer Arayan

Peter Schmeichel believes Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was born to play for Manchester United.

Ibrahimovic has scored 154 goals in 179 games for Laurent Blanc’s side but is leaving at the end of the season and has alread said his goodbyes to supporters over the weekend after four years with the Ligue 1 champions.

The 34-year-old has been linked with a number of clubs as AC Milan, LA Galaxy but Man United lead the charge to acquire his services this summer.

Speaking about his future, Schmeichel insists Ibrahimovic could have a similar impact to the one made by his former teammate Eric Cantona in 1992.
“‘I read about Ibrahimovic in the newspapers,” he said.

“I would love for him to come to Manchester United, I’ve said this for a long time. He was born to play for Manchester United.

“He’s like an Eric Cantona, who can inspire all the guys in the dressing room but also the supporters.

“That’s what it’s all about. It’s not about having a Sunday nap at Old Trafford.”

Ibrahimovic is an extremely exciting player. He’s scored 49 goals for club and country this season which is the same amount as the entire United squad have managed in the league. He could definitely help raise the level at Old Trafford after an abysmal season under Louis van Gaal.

His arrival splits the opinions of fans as he enters the latter stages of his career but the last time we lost out to City on goal difference we signed Robin van Persie and won the title the following season. There’s no doubt he’ll add quality to the side but whether or not his arrival at the club would prove to have the same impact as Cantona is a bigger debate altogether.

One thing is for sure: Zlatan won’t work under van Gaal but with the the Dutchman’s future uncertain and the rumoured appointment of Jose Mourinho, they could be the perfect force to compete with Pep Guardiola at City.

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