Jose Mourinho explains why he brought Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester United

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has officially joined Manchester United, bringing an end to months of speculation regarding his future.

Although the towering Swede announced his arrival at Old Trafford via Instagram on Thursday, it took a further 24 hours for the deal to be officially confirmed.

Manchester United have now released a statement on their official Twitter account, including a slick video accompanied with the hashtag #ZlatanTime.

Now, fans have heard from the 34-year-old striker for the first time as he told exactly why he decided to move to Old Trafford. Mainly, it seems it was to reunite with Jose Mourinho, with whom he shares a close relationship.

Better yet, manager Mourinho has also spoken out for the first time and explained why he worked hard to make sure the former Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain star chose the Red Devils.

First contact

Ibrahimovic said: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League. It goes without saying that I cannot wait to work with Jose Mourinho once again.

He is a fantastic manager and I am ready for this new and exciting challenge. I have thoroughly enjoyed my career so far and have some great memories. I am now ready to create more special memories in England."

Mourinho said: "Zlatan needs no introduction. The statistics speak for themselves. Ibra is one of the best strikers in the world and a player who always gives 100 per cent.

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. 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."

The video

The deal

Although the details of his free transfer have not been officially confirmed, it is believed Ibrahimovic has signed a one-year contract with the option for a further 12 months. His weekly wage will be around £200,000-a-week and can be further enhanced if he meets performance related bonuses.

He will join up with Manchester United at pre-season and is expected to compete with teenager Marcus Rashford for a spot up front. Wayne Rooney will move to the same midfield role he played for England at Euro 2016.

There is no confirmation of what squad number he will wear but GiveMeSport will aim to be the first on the scene when it is announced.

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