Ibrahimovic will bolster a forward line at Old Trafford that looked desperately short of ideas, depth and talent last season under the now-departed Louis van Gaal.
Wayne Rooney could well play deeper next season, in midfield, while French starlet Anthony Martial had to carry the United attack despite his tender years until youngster Marcus Rashford burst onto the scene late on in the campaign.
Van Gaal paid out heavily for his fellow Dutchman Memphis Depay, but he failed to deliver and spent the second half of the season on the bench.
Ibrahimovic said weeks ago that he knew where he would be playing next season, but kept the football world guessing – typical of his mercurial personality, as was his dramatic announcement in just 12 words.
“Yes, I have made my choice,” Ibrahimovic tantalisingly told a press conference at a training camp near Stockholm for the Swedish team ahead of Euro 2016, where he endured a frustrating time.
He said then that he had decided “long ago” but dodged all questions about whether that team was Manchester United, where Mourinho has replaced van Gaal after the Dutchman’s troubled two-year reign at Old Trafford came to a bitter end.
Asked a direct question about whether he had received an offer from United, Ibrahimovic’s hesitancy in answering spoke volumes.
He drummed his fingers on the table, smiled and eventually replied: “Let’s see what happens.”
“There are concrete offers from England, Italy… all countries. There are even some from outside Europe,” he said.
“There are many, many alternatives.”
But when asked whether he was tempted to work again with Mourinho, Ibrahimovic said only that they had worked well together at Inter Milan, where the Swede played from 2006 to 2009.
“You want action, you bring Mourinho. I believe he’s the man to bring them back to the top. Wherever he went he won,” the Swede said of Mourinho taking over at United, where he will be tasked with bringing back the glory days and swagger sorely missing under van Gaal.
There was no immediate word from United on Ibrahimovic.
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