Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has described Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the perfect kind of player for his old club, comparing him favourably with another ex-United favourite, Eric Cantona.
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As Goal.com reports, the Paris Saint Germain striker has turned down a number of moves to the Premier League over the years, instead enjoying a glittering career across Europe with Juvenuts, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Ajax and Barcelona.
However, the 33-year-old recently sparked speculation linking him with a move away from the French capital, after criticising the standards of refereeing in the country. Surprisingly, Schmeichel thinks United should pounce.
Louis van Gaal’s side could find themselves chasing a striker in the summer transfer window, with struggling Colombian Radamel Falcao linked with a move away from Old Trafford.
They have been linked with a number of big-time players, but Schmeichel feels that they could do a lot worse than taking a chance on the giant Swede, who has scored 99 goals in 121 games for PSG.
Schmeichel, who was quoted by Goal, said: “What Zlatan does with PSG is quite incredible,. He gives PSG so much credibility and visibility. There we rumors last summer sending him to Manchester United. I said back then that he was built to play for United.”
In relation to Cantona, he added: “Why was Cantona so strong when I was there and not that strong in Leeds or France? Because it’s Manchester United.
“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.
“You can have the personality you want. Beckham, Cantona, they blossomed at Manchester United. Thousands of players tried to be Beckham or Cantona but failed because they didn’t have the personality.”
Watch Zlatan’s brace for Sweden against Moldova on Friday in the clip below: