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Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he 'will be God at Old Trafford'

By Robert Jones

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has responded to Eric Cantona after the former Manchester United forward, known as 'King Eric' during his time at Old Trafford, labelled him 'the prince'.

The Swedish striker joined the club on a free transfer earlier this month after leaving Paris Saint-Germain, becoming one of Jose Mourinho's first signings.

Cult figure Ibrahimovic was welcomed by Cantona, United's own icon from their dominant period in the mid-1990s.

"I have a message for Zlatan," Cantona said. "You have decided for United and it is the best choice you've ever made. But there can be only one king in Manchester.

"You can become a prince if you want and the No.7 is yours if you are interested. The king is gone. Long live the prince."

Ibrahimovic has now responded. He said: "I heard what he said and I congratulate him because I have always admired him. But he should know that I won't be king of Manchester. I will be God of Manchester."

The Swede is yet to make his first United appearance, with the 34-year-old striker unlikely to be available until the friendly against Galatasaray on July 30.

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