Manchester United legend would 'love' signing of new Eric Cantona

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Reliable shot-stopper Peter Schmeichel pushes for spectacular goal-getter.

With the mounting rumours of a developing Chelsea and Arsenal bidding war for reportedly disgruntled Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, the reigning Premier League champions may elect to sign a replacement. Former Red Devils goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, regarded to be the best glovesman during Sir Alex Ferguson's reign as manager, believes the man to spearhead any United attack is Paris Saint Germain hotshot Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Speaking to Expressen, Schemichel 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 United player, he would be absolutely brilliant.'

Schmeichel even moved to compare Ibrahimovic to a Ligue Un export from 1991 (eventually joining United in 1992), Eric Cantona: '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. A lot of people are comparing Zlatan with 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 Ibrahimovic is so suited to the Premier League and he has loads of time left in his career, I hope we see him there.'

According to, Ibrahimovic has a minimum market value of £26m. He returned 30 goals in 34 Ligue Un games last season.

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