Republic of Ireland assistant coach Roy Keane has spoken favourably of Manchester United’s pursuit of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, believing he has the capabilities to make a huge impression at Old Trafford next season.
The comments come in advance of Ireland’s pivotal clash with Sweden in the European Championships on Monday, a game in which the Swedish striker is sure to play a central role.
Given the illustrious career enjoyed by Keane at United, it came as little surprise that he was quizzed on his opinion on the potential signing and the Red Devil legend was unequivocal in his praise of the PSG marksman.
“Of course he’s a good fit for United, he’s a good player. Is he like Eric Cantona? They’re big characters, clearly; whatever you say about Cantona he was a popular lad, and I get the impression Zlatan is the same.”
Such comments may be concerning for Irish fans who will be hoping John O’Shea et al. will be able to quell the looming threat Ibrahimovic poses, but having listened to Keane extolled the virtues of the 34-year-old at length, fans will be under no illusions as to the mammoth task facing the Irish team.
“It’s good to see that, because there’s a lack of characters out there, and he certainly is that. On top of all that, he’s a very, very good player. To compare him to Eric, he’s a little different; but he’s a very good player.”
Keane also took time to make clear that he still hopes to return to club management at some point in the future, although he’s delighted to have committed to Ireland for the next two years.
“I’m enjoying it too much. And unless people say… and whatever it is about job offers, it’s got to be the right one. Got to be the right club, and that hasn’t happened yet.”
— FAIreland (@FAIreland) June 11, 2016
Colm Egan, Pundit Arena
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