Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed he was told he would never be “king of Manchester” by Eric Cantona upon signing for Manchester United in 2016.
Ibrahimovic joined Man United on a free transfer after spending four years at Paris Saint-Germain, reuniting with his former manager Jose Mourinho who he previously played under at Inter Milan.
The Swede went on to become a cult hero during his brief stint there, winning the Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup in his first season.
And the 40-year-old has now revealed a conversation with United legend Cantona where he told the Frenchman he was aiming to surpass his own legacy at the club.
Talking to Italian broadcaster La Iene, he said: “One day Cantona said to me: 'You cannot be the king of Manchester, you will have to be content with being the prince'.
"And I replied: 'But I'm not interested in becoming king, I want to be the god of Manchester'."
Ibrahimovic only ended up spending two seasons at Old Trafford due to a serious knee injury which saw him miss 29 games.
The goal machine was not the same after his return and struggled to force Romelu Lukaku out of the starting-11.
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Nevertheless, he ended his time at United with a highly respectable 29 goals in 53 appearances across all competitions before joining LA Galaxy.
But while he netted a stellar 28 goals in his first campaign, Ibrahimovic’s lasting legacy was far from that of Cantona’s
Cantona scored 82 in 185 appearances for the Red Devils and clinched four Premier League titles on his way to becoming a revered figure in the club’s history.
While the battle of the mavericks had one clear winner in the end, there is no doubting the quality posed by both forwards in their primes.
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