Peter Schmeichel keen for Manchester United to seal Zlatan Ibrahimovic signing

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Manchester United are strongly linked to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel is excited for the club to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Speaking to The Times, Schmeichel compared the free agent to Eric Cantona in terms of his charisma and potential impact he can have on the club.

Zlatan is a free agent after four years at Paris Saint-Germain and is tipped by The Times to be United's first signing under Jose Mourinho.

Peter Schmeichel and Dwight Yorke celebrate winning the 1999 Champions LeaguePeter Schmeichel and Dwight Yorke celebrate winning the 1999 Champions League

Schmeichel said: "This guy finds the goals, the little tricks and gives the crowd what they need at any given time. He was born to play for Manchester United.

“Now is the time to have someone like Cantona in the team and Zlatan definitely fits the bill. In the last five years he has only improved his fitness, his ability and his output.

"Look at his statistics. They are unbelievable. He’s not just done it in the French league. He has done it in Europe and for Sweden as well. If he comes to United, I would be very, very happy."

Zlatan scored an incredible 50 goals in all competitions this past season in 52 games, and has won titles in Italy, Holland, Spain and France.

Eric Cantona in action for Manchester UnitedEric Cantona in action for Manchester United

Schmeichel played alongside Cantona in the mid-90s and won titles alongside him, with the Frenchman a mesmeric figure in attack, capable of playing behind the striker or leading the line, and like Zlatan was supremely self confident an unpredictable.

PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action with Chelsea's Thibaut CourtoisPSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action with Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois

The Red Devils will be looking to get back into the title race next season after finishing in fifth position and failing to challenge since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down after winning the trophy in 2012/13.

Schmeichel's son Kasper was a surprise title winner this past season with Leicester City. 

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