Zlatan Ibrahimovic was convinced to join Man United by former Sweden teammate

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West Brom defender Jonas Olsson has heaped praise onto Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and revealed that he urged his compatriot to move to Old Trafford and to the Premier League in general.

When asked for advice on joining the Red Devils, Olsson expressed his belief to Ibrahimovic that the Swedish superstar could become Man Utd's new Eric Cantona.

Olsson, who has spent eight years at The Hawthorns, has confirmed that the pair were exchanging text messages on a potential move to England even when Louis van Gaal was still in charge at United.


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Ibrahimovic completed a free transfer in July after leaving French champions Paris Saint-Germain, but Olsson has said, "Zlatan thought twice before he signed for Manchester United. We texted a little between the spring and the late summer."

The 33-year-old Swede continued, "He wanted to know about the atmosphere in England, whether the club would suit him, and also about life in Manchester. He wanted to know a little about the social life over here.

"I told Zlatan that Manchester United would fit him perfectly. The personality that Zlatan has is just like when Cantona was there. Manchester United have lacked this kind of representation with the fans in recent years."

Perfect start

United fans were already in love with Ibrahimovic as soon as the deal was confirmed, but he made an immediate impact by heading the winner at Wembley against Leicester City in the Community Shield.

In truth, he was fairly anonymous throughout the traditional curtain raiser, but, as the world's best players always do, he was able to make the difference late on when it really mattered.

Olsson can't wait to face Zlatan

Not only does Olsson think that Ibrahimovic will bolster the reputation of the Premier League, but he's also admitted that he wants to finally come up against his former Sweden teammate.

The defender, who will have to wait until December 17, when the Baggies host Man Utd, said, "I'll be honest. I wanted him to come here. It raises the status of the league even more and it is fun for me personally to play against him.

"This is still a big step for Zlatan. He has a great career behind him. He is almost 35 now, but he has a few years left in his career before it is finished and he wants to be remembered for what he does at United."

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