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Mourinho has selected Zlatan as a vice-captain.

Jose Mourinho picks Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a vice-captain

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We all know that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jose Mourinho have a pretty good relationship.

The pair worked together for just one season at Inter Milan and immediately hit it off, winning Serie A in the progress.

So, when the enigmatic Swede’s contract expired this summer, there was only one destination for him - joining Mourinho at Manchester United.

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Ibrahimovic may be 34-years-old, but he managed to secure himself a one-year deal on a massive £200,000-per-week contract at Old Trafford.

But there’s no chance of this being just one final payday for Zlatan. Not only is he expected to fire the Red Devils towards a title challenge, Mourinho has also given him an added responsibility.

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According to The Sun, the Special One has named Ibrahimovic as a vice-captain ahead of this season. The report claims that, if Wayne Rooney or Michael Carrick aren’t on the pitch, Ibrahimovic will wear the captain’s armband.

A United insider told The Sun: “Some of the other lads, especially the young ones, are in awe of Zlatan.

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“He brings a presence to the place and people look up to him after everything that he has achieved through his career.

“He has experience at the highest level and is seen as an obvious captain when the other lads aren’t on the pitch.”

When Zlatan signed for United, Mourinho highlighted that his experience could be a massive help to the youngster players in the squad - no doubt one of the reasons he has been rewarded with the vice-captaincy.

Mourinho on Ibrahimovic

"Zlatan needs no introduction. The statistics speak for themselves. Ibra is one of the best strikers in the world,” he said, per BBC Sport.

”He has won the most important league championships in the world of football, now he has the opportunity to play in the best league in the world and I know he will grasp this opportunity and will work hard to help the team win titles.

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"I am certain that his talent will delight fans at Old Trafford next season and that his experience will be invaluable in helping to develop the younger players in the squad."

There are concerns that Ibrahimovic’s arrival will stunt the growth of 18-year-old Marcus Rashford by restricting his first-team football.

While Marcus Rashford’s playing time may be limited by Ibrahimovic, what he learns from him on the training field could prove invaluable to his development.

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