Jose Mourinho claims Manchester United youngsters surround Zlatan Ibrahimovic at meal times

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has enjoyed a pretty decent start to his Manchester United career.

The Swedish striker scored an overhead kick on his first appearance for the Red Devils against Galatasaray in pre-season; he headed in the winning goal against Leicester City in the Community Shield last weekend, and he netted on his first Premier League appearance against Bournemouth on Sunday.

As well as proving he still has plenty to offer on the pitch - even at the ripe old age of 34 - it seems Zlatan is also making a big impact off it at Old Trafford.


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Some of the United youngsters could have been forgiven for feeling a little apprehensive about Ibrahimovic’s arrival, given his reputation.

But the veteran striker has been anything but arrogant or aloof since becoming a Red Devil this summer.

Mourinho: Shaw and Rashford eat with Zlatan

Following Sunday’s match against Bournemouth, Mourinho revealed that United’s starlets are surrounding Zlatan at meal times.

And amongst those who sit with him at the table at the Aon Training Complex are Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford.

“The first thing I can tell you is that his table for breakfast and for meals he is surrounded by the young ones, the kids,” Mourinho was quoted as saying by the Independent. “Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford, these are the guys who are with him at the table. He knows what he can be for them.”

Mourinho: Zlatan is at the peak of his powers

Mourinho, having worked with Ibrahimovic over the past few weeks, also believed the former Paris Saint-Germain striker is at the peak of his powers.

“For the team, you have to forget the passport, that he is 34 years old,” the Portuguese coach added. “The body and mentality are not those of a 34-year-old guy. He's at the top of his qualities.”

Zlatan looks a shrewd buy for United

Zlatan compared himself to a fine wine last year; insisting he feels he’s getting even better with age.

And it was hard to disagree with that assessment last season after he bagged a magnificent 50 goals in 51 appearances.

While he’s unlikely to go close to matching that absurd tally this term, two goals in his first two competitive appearances for United suggests his signing could be one of the best Mourinho ever makes.

How many goals will Zlatan score this season? More than 20? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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