The 34-year-old arrived at Man United on a free transfer, much to the widespread delight of supporters who had bemoaned their side’s lack of goalscoring potency last season.
Ibrahimovic and Mourinho worked together at Inter Milan in 2009 and formed a strong level of mutual understanding of respect. The Swede, upon joining Mourinho once more at Old Trafford in July, admitted that the 53-year-old was a crucial factor in shaping his to join United.
Mourinho has also expressed his joy at being able to work with the Swede once again.
“We are so happy to have him [Ibrahimovic] and for two years, probably the last two years of his career, he probably couldn’t find a bigger league to finish his career and we couldn’t find a better striker in this moment of our building process of our team,” said Mourinho.
“We couldn’t find a better striker than him to give us the stability we need.”
Ibrahimovic has kicked off his United career in characteristically emphatic fashion: he broke power records during his medical, labelled himself as the ‘God’ of Manchester, scored an overhead kick just three minutes into his debut, and netted a late winner against Leicester City to seal the Community Shield – Zlatan’s 31st trophy (in comparison, Manchester City have won 26 in their entire history).
The best thing: he’s only just getting started.