Roy Keane believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic would have the same impact at Manchester United as Eric Cantona did and would be a “perfect fit” at Old Trafford.
The 34-year-old striker’s move to Old Trafford may have hit a snag over his free transfer move to United due to his participation at Euro 2016 and due to his reported desire to play in the Rio Olympics in August.
But Keane still thinks he would be a good fit at Jose Mourinho’s new team and sees a bit of the controversial Frenchman in Ibrahimovic.
“Of course he’s a good fit for United, he’s a good player,” Keane told the Sunday Mirror. “Is he like Eric Cantona? They’re big characters, clearly, whatever you say about Cantona he was a popular lad, and I get the impression Zlatan is the same.
“Whatever you hear about his playing career, you hear from his team mates and he seems to be a bit of a character, and you can see that in the way he plays.
“It’s good to see that, because there’s a lack of characters out there, and he certainly is that. On top of all that, he’s a very, very good player. ”
Ibrahimovic’s record is impressive: he has won 13 league titles in three different countries, including the last four consecutive Ligue 1 trophies with Paris Saint-Germain.
He has also scored 392 goals in 677 club career games as well as 62 in 113 appearances for Sweden but has never played in the Premier League. Until now, potentially.
Keane added: “To compare him to Eric, he’s a little different, but he’s a very good player.
“People talk about Ibrahimovic having a bit of temper like that’s a bad thing… it depends how you use it.
“I’m still learning, but then again I don’t have one.”