Zlatan Ibrahimovic was meant to be a Manchester United player, says Peter Schmeichel
According to former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, Paris Saint Germain’s star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic would have been a perfect fit at Manchester United.
The Swedish International has been linked with a move to the Premier League for a very long time, and Schmeichel feels Ibrahimovic’s charisma and personality would make him a player similar to United legend Eric Cantona at Old Trafford.
In an interview with L’Equipe, Schmeichel said, “What Zlatan does with PSG is quite incredible. He gives PSG so much credibility and visibility. There were rumours last summer sending him to Manchester United. I said back then that he was built to play for United."
"Why was Cantona so strong when I was there and not that strong in Leeds or France? Because it's Manchester United," he added.
Ibrahimovic recently sparked a nationwide controversy in France when he was taped criticising the standard of refereeing and used a derogatory word for the country.
With rumours circulating that talk about Zlatan’s exit from PSG, Schmeichel suggested that United should sign the man, who is still in phenomenal goal scoring form. Ibrahimovic recently scored twice for Sweden in a 2-0 victory against Moldova, taking his overall international tally to 52 goals in 102 games.
United give freedom and expect players to be responsible: Schmeichel
"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.” said Schmeichel
"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."