Saint-Etienne manager Christophe Galtier insists Zlatan Ibrahimovic is similar to Eric Cantona

by Leo Nieboer

Saint-Etienne manager Christophe Galtier has insisted that Zlatan Ibrahimovic possesses a style similar to that of his old friend Eric Cantona.

The Swede, since arriving in July, has quickly morphed into a key talisman at Old Trafford, claiming 20 goals in all competitions so far this season.

Cantona jokingly reminded Zlatan that there could only be one king of Manchester over the summer, to which the 35-year-old replied that he would be the ‘God of Manchester’ instead.

And Gattier, speaking ahead of his side’s Europa League clash with Man United this week, noted that Zlatan possesses a similar aura to the Frenchman.

“When I look at Ibra I think of Eric Cantona,” he said. 

I should admit straight off the bat that, as an 18-year-old, I never witnessed Cantona in the flesh. Unlike some of you, I never had a chance to see the Frenchman patrol the field with that unmistakeable air of superiority, collar always up, waiting for that crucial, game-changing moment to fall his way.

But the way in which Cantona, to this day, remains a revered figure – his name still echoing around the stands after all those years – at Old Trafford demonstrates that he left an indelible mark on this club, and it feels as if Zlatan is beginning to impose himself in similar fashion: as an immediately noticeable, ruthlessly arrogant reference point in this United side.

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