Zlatan Ibrahimovic set for two-year spell at Manchester United

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Jose Mourinho has already seen enough from Zlatan Ibrahimovic to believe he will stay at Manchester United beyond his 12-month contract.

The charismatic Swede has scored two goals in his first two appearances for the Red Devils, including a rather impressive long-range strike against Bournemouth.

But there are already questions over just how long Ibrahimovic can keep going. Ibrahimovic will celebrate his 35th birthday in October, an age where most footballers are already, or seriously considering, retirement.

Manchester United were obviously concerned about how much gas he had left in the tank, offering him a 12-month deal with the option for a further season. Mourinho, however, has already seen enough from the striker to believe he will earn himself at least one more year in a red shirt.

Of course, it is not just down to whether United want him but whether Ibrahimovic wants to stay in Manchester. That, it appears, won't be a problem with Mourinho confirming his family are already settled into their new life.

Happy Zlatan

"I see him happy," insisted Mourinho. "I ask about his family, his wife, his kids - I know how important these things are to him - integration, house and everything is fine and everybody is happy. He has a very high motivation, so I see him here, no doubts, for the next two years."

You can only take that to mean that Ibrahimovic is also set to start Manchester United's next Premier League game against Southampton, scheduled for Friday evening. He is likely to be joined by fellow new arrival Eric Bailly.

Bailly surprise

When Bailly originally joined from Villarreal, Mourinho suggested he would need time to adapt to life in the Premier League, but the centre-back was impressive against the Cherries, earning the man of the match award ahead of Ibrahimovic.

Mourinho admits he has been pleasantly surprised by Bailly, saying: "He is a young boy playing in a completely different competition with a different club, but despite all the pressure and expectation that comes with playing for United, he plays against Leicester at Wembley and is comfortable, leading and communicative."

The same cannot be said of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is yet to start a game for United after signing from Borussia Dortmund. He was given mere seconds in the Community Shield and 15 minutes against Bournemouth. Mourinho did not speak about the Armenian in his latest press conference but it is widely expected he will remain on the bench for the game against the Saints.

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