Cantona: Zlatan is my natural heir at Manchester United

The Frenchman, who was known as the 'King of Old Trafford', is delighted to see a current Manchester United star carrying on his fight

Eric Cantona considers Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be his “natural heir” at Manchester United, with the pair sharing many character traits.

It is on the personality front that the enigmatic Frenchman sees the charismatic Swede enhancing his legacy at Old Trafford.

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On the field, there is plenty to suggest that Ibrahimovic will one day be held in the same regard as an iconic predecessor at the Theatre of Dreams.

He announced as much upon his arrival, as he boldly claimed that he would become the God to Cantona’s king.

The 35-year-old has been able to back up such a statement, with 18 goals and six assists to his name from 28 outings this season.

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"In 2017, and after a long reign, I finally give up my honorific title of most offensive player with journalists," Cantona said in his role as the self-proclaimed Football Commissioner for Eurosport.

"Zlatan is my natural heir and he will now carry on the legacy.

"I gave them a lot of s*** but he made them 'eat their balls!' Respect!"

Ibrahimovic has had plenty to say since then as well, with an interview he gave to United’s official website seeing him reiterate a belief that he can dominate English football.

"I have no individual targets because that I did already," he said.

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"I have conquered England - it took three months."

United will be looking for another talismanic display from the 35-year-old frontman on Sunday when they welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford, with Jose Mourinho’s side looking to cut the gap to their arch-rivals to just two points in the Premier League standings.