The 35-year-old arrived at Old Trafford on a free in July, signing a one year contract with the option of a second year.
Zlatan has netted eight goals under Mourinho so far, impressing many with his serial winning mentality both on and off the pitch.
Mourinho, speaking ahead of Man United’s Europa League game with Feyenoord, revealed that the club would activate the clause on Zlatan’s contract that enables him to stay for another year.
Jose on @Ibra_official "ZI situation is simple. He has 1+1. We are happy with him. We are going to execute option of 2nd season."
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) November 23, 2016
There is, for some reason, far less patience with Mourinho than with former manager Louis van Gaal. The Dutchman always insisted that a transitional period was necessary, and United fans – alongside the global football audience – most accepted this notion, placing more importance on United’s second season.
The Portuguese is in a similar position to van Gaal two years ago – some promising players, the occasional storming performance, only to be heralded by a failure to climb the table – but the knives are out already. One imagines that United fans will only see the real Mourinho’s United next season, or perhaps during the latter stages of this campaign.
It would be a shame to see Ibrahimovic – already such an influential figure – miss out on United fully hitting their stride under Mourinho. And the prospect of the 35-year-old acting as the reference point of a fully-gelled, integrated Mourinho side – perhaps bolstered by more world-class signings – is nothing short of tantalising.