Paul Ince comments on striker’s proposed transfer to Man United
Paul Ince is backing Manchester United's reported pursuit of Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Paul Ince believes that Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be a big hit at Manchester United if he joins this summer.
The veteran forward has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks after he left Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season.
United are thought to be close to negotiating a deal to bring the 34-year-old striker to Old Trafford on a free transfer, although nothing has yet been confirmed.
Former United star Ince admits that he is a big fan of the Sweden international and feels that new manager Jose Mourinho is the right man to get the best out of him during the final years of his career.
Speaking in an interview with the Manchester Evening News, Ince said: “Zlatan can still do it at 34.
“He’s got the stature like [Eric] Cantona, the flicks and tricks. He’ll puff out his chest and take the whole stage on board like Eric did if he signs. I don’t want it to become about him though. You don’t want team-mates to be over-awed.
“We weren’t over-awed with Eric because he was a team player. We fed off him. He was charismatic, influential and inspirational but he was one of us.
“I don’t think United have signed players over the last few years who could take on being an Old Trafford player properly. Okay they won the FA Cup but you need more than that. It should be Champions League every season. Real title challengers every year.
“You get that when opponents fear you. With Mourinho in charge and somebody like Ibrahimovic you’ve got two people who’ll bring that back.”
United finished fifth in the Premier League last season and opted to sack Louis van Gaal two days after the Dutchman led them to the FA Cup title.