Although German minnows Rot-Weiss Oberhausen have attempted to snatch Zlatan Ibrahimovic from under Manchester United’s nose, you still fancy the Premier League giants as being slight favourites in their bid to sign the Swede.
Ibrahimovic, whose four-year stay at Paris Saint-Germain is nearing an end, has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford.
And there’s one United player who would be delighted to see the 34-year-old arrive.
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Anthony Martial enjoyed a fine debut season, scoring 17 goals in all competitions, and there’s a genuine possibility that Ibrahimovic will be his strike partner next season.
Jose Mourinho is reportedly eager for a reunion with the former Inter Milan forward as he looks to stamp his authority on United’s squad.
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And Martial is certainly not bothered about having some extra competition around.
“If Zlatan comes, it would be really good," the 20-year-old told reporters, per Goal. "He is a great striker and he will bring us his experience."
Ibrahimovic has still got it
The former Barcelona star has won titles in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and France, and he will be tasked with helping United win their first title since 2013 should he arrive.
But it’s not just a senior figure that the Red Devils will be signing. Ibrahimovic proved that he still has a few years left at the top by scoring 52 goals in all competitions for PSG.
And for a United team who had just one player reach doubles figures in league goals this past season, he could be the man who inspires them back to the Premier League’s summit.
Ibrahimovic's highlights from 2015-16
Eric Cantona comparison
Peter Schmeichel knows a thing or two about bringing titles to Old Trafford and he’s all for United signing the Swede.
“I read about Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the newspapers,” Schmeichel, winner of five Premier League titles, told Sky Sports. “I would love for him to come to Manchester United, I've said this for a long time. He was born to play for Manchester United.
"He's like an Eric Cantona, who can inspire all the guys in the dressing room but also the supporters.”
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Not since Dimitar Berbatov have United had a player who can galvanise the crowd in an instant. Louis van Gaal’s system made United hard to watch for the previous two seasons but the absence of any creative talents certainly didn’t help the aesthetic.
Thierry Henry echoed Schmeichel’s sentiment about United’s need to sign Ibrahimovic, his former Barcelona teammate.
“For me it's a no-brainer if they can get Ibrahimovic," Henry told Sky Sports, per FourFourTwo.
"I've played with the man – he's a great guy, professional, funny. When he goes on the field he's an animal, but out of it he's a class act.
"I cannot say anything bad about him and I think he can be a success for United and the Premier League."
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