Manager: Man United summer signing is just like Eric Cantona

Saint-Etienne boss Christophe Galtier compares Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester United legend Eric Cantona

Christophe Galtier has compared Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester United legend Eric Cantona in the build-up to Saint-Etienne’s Europa League showdown with the Red Devils.

The Swedish striker has earned plenty of praise for his solid performances for the Red Devils since arriving at Old Trafford from PSG on a free transfer last summer.

The 35-year-old forward has dismissed any suggestions that he could struggle to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League by scoring more than 20 goals in all competitions so far this term.

Ibrahimovic will be expecting to feature when Manchester United take on the French side in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 clash on Thursday night.

And Saint-Etienne boss Galtier has admitted that he is a keen admirer of veteran striker Ibrahimovic.

Galtier told The Telegraph: “He has a big, big, big, big, massive personality. But every time I met him there was mutual respect. We played a lot against PSG and in the beginning we won but after Ibra arrived – it was blah, blah, blah… goal, goal, goal.

“I love those kind of players. They are strong. Very strong. When I look at Ibra I think of Eric Cantona. Big personality. He can get mad in one second, say big things, and then, ‘OK, I said it.’

“But, above all, an incredible player. And he scores. Goals, goals, goals. Lots of people said he would find it difficult in England but, already, 20 goals. He is a great professional. He sets an example. I think that’s why they brought him to Manchester. Like Cantona.”

Manchester United head into the European clash looking to build on their 2-0 win over Watford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

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The Red Devils are currently sixth in the Premier League table.

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