Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims he is not interested in taking Eric Cantona’s ‘King of Manchester United’ title as he intends to be the God.
The 34-year-old Sweden international had already got the United fans excited for the upcoming Premier League campaign when he agreed to pen a one-year deal at Old Trafford when his Paris Saint-Germain contract expired last month.
And having joined up with the FA Cup winners to start work with boss Jose Mourinho ahead of the season curtain-raiser against Premier League champions Leicester in the Community Shield at Wembley on August 7, Ibrahimovic has responded to former star Cantona’s welcome message to him.
The Frenchman, who became a cult figure at United between 1992 and 1997 when he scored 82 goals in 185 appearances and secured the nickname ‘The King of Manchester’, suggested the new boy could become ‘the Prince’.
However, Ibrahimovic has no intentions of settling for that as he aims to eclipse Cantona in the eyes of the United faithful.
“I admire Cantona and I heard what he said,” Ibrahimovic is quoted as saying in Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.
“But I won’t be King of Manchester. I will be God of Manchester.”
Ibrahimovic is expected to start training this week following his break after Sweden’s Euro 2016 campaign and he could be involved with the squad for the upcoming trip to China.