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Paul Pogba has a new nickname for Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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If you’d told Manchester United fans this time last year that Jose Mourinho would be their manager and both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba would be at Old Trafford, they’d have reacted by telling you in no uncertain terms that you were crazy.

But that’s the reality for United supporters following a magnificent summer for the Premier League giants.

Mourinho replaced the beleaguered Louis van Gaal at the start of the summer, and the Portuguese coach has obtained all four of his top transfer targets thanks to the help of the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

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Eric Bailly was first through the door - the Ivory Coast international, who was magnificent in the Community Shield on Sunday, signed from Villarreal - followed by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic and, finally, Pogba.

The latter cost United a world-record £89 million to sign from Juventus.

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Pogba's new nickname for Zlatan

Pogba and Ibrahimovic presumably discussed what life at United would be like when they met up in Los Angeles earlier this summer.

The two players took a photo, which Pogba uploaded to Twitter on Thursday.

In the caption, he revealed his somewhat bizarre - but perhaps fitting - nickname for Zlatan: Thor.

Pogba wrote: “THOR! 👊🏿 Throwback to Los Angeles with Thooor @Ibra_official @ManUtd #firstneverfollows #TBT”.

If you’re not sure what Pogba’s on about, Thor is the hammer-wielding god of Norse mythology, associated with thunder, lightning, storms - that sort of thing.

An American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character was made back in 2011; Thor was played by the former Home and Away actor Chris Hemsworth.

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See a resemblance with Zlatan?

No, us neither.

We suspect the Swedish international, who famously has a pretty high opinion of himself, will quite enjoy being revered to as a hammer-wielding god.

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Can Zlatan bang in the goals for United?

United fans, meanwhile, won’t care what Zlatan’s teammates call him as long as he bangs in the goals.

The 34-year-old got his Red Devils’ career off to the best possible start on Sunday by scoring the winning goal against Leicester City at Wembley Stadium.

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Paul Pogba
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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