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Mourinho believes Ibrahimovic and Rashford would work well together.

Jose Mourinho: Ibrahimovic and Rashford will be an "amazing complement for each other"

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Manchester United fans have every right to be excited ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League season.

Recently-appointed manager Jose Mourinho conducted his first interview as boss on Tuesday morning and gave a clear insight into what he has planned at Old Trafford.

Further signings appear imminent, Wayne Rooney will continue to play in an attacking role and he himself wants to be as successful as predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Interestingly enough, though, Zlatan Ibrahimovic's name wasn't mentioned - not once.

Following his confirmed arrival last week, fans have pondered how exactly Mourinho will incorporate both the Sweden international and 18-year-old Marcus Rashford in his first team plans.

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Well, in an MUTV exclusive (see below), the Portuguese discussed the possibility of playing both strikers and insisted the pair are the perfect blend.

IBRA/RASHFORD COMBO

He said: "34 is his (Ibrahimovic's) age, plus 18 Marcus Rashford.

"34 plus 18 divided by two is the perfect age for a football player, so our two strikers are the perfect age, because 18 is not the perfect age and 34 is not.

"But they are, so I think they can be an amazing complement for each other."

Interesting logic, but completely viable.

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In Ibrahimovic, Mourinho has strength, power and experience at his disposal; in Rashford, he has pace, flair and energy.

Combine the two and the 53-year-old has a dangerous partnership on his hands - and let's not forget, Ibrahimovic is one of world football's deadliest finishers.

So, where does that leave Rooney?

Mourinho appears to have answered that question, too. In his first press conference as United manager, he said: "He will never play 50 metres away from the goal. He will be a [number] 9, 10, 9.5, not a 6 or an 8."

Rooney's impressive performances in midfield for England at Euro 2016 were then brought to the former Chelsea manager's attention, to which he replied: "You can tell me his pass is amazing but my pass is amazing too without pressure."

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Well played, Jose.

The issue remains, though, of how Mourinho will keep all of Ibrahimovic, Rashford, Rooney - and maybe even Anthony Martial - happy should he opt for a line-up that features a lone striker.

Based on the above statements, a 4-3-3 could be the Portuguese's preferred formation, with Rashford and Martial out wide, Ibrahimovic up top and Rooney in behind.

Regardless, an intriguing season awaits to see how Mourinho approaches his first term in charge at the Theatre of Dreams.

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