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‘He had the aura and confidence’ – Neville compares Ibrahimovic to Cantona

Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has the same aura and confidence as Eric Cantona, according to Phil Neville.

Ibrahimovic continued his brilliant campaign at United with the winning goal in a 3-2 victory against Southampton in the EFL Cup final on Sunday.

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The Swede has delivered repeatedly for Jose Mourinho's men, his latest effort an 87th-minute header to complete his brace and seal United's victory at Wembley.

Neville, a club great, believes Ibrahimovic provides the confidence United need, and had when Cantona starred at Old Trafford in the 1990s.

"Zlatan is the leader. I know Wayne Rooney lifted the cup but Zlatan is the leader on the pitch," he told Sky Sports.

"When Cantona walked onto the pitch with his collar up he looked like he loved Old Trafford, he had the aura and confidence. Ibrahimovic is the same.

"Sometimes you hate people who have that much arrogance but I love that because he delivers at the same time.

"When you're a manager and join a new club you need one player who sings off your hymn sheet. Ibrahimovic is that player for Mourinho."

Ibrahimovic has scored a superb 26 goals in 38 games in all competitions for United this season.

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