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£260,000 a week Ibrahimovic will be at Manchester United next season, vows Mourinho

By Ian Herbert

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insists the club's American owners have already decided that they want to pay out Zlatan Ibrahimovic's £260,000 a week salary for at least another season beyond this one, after he contributed substantially to the side's fourth successive Premier League win against Sunderland.

Swede Ibrahimovic has scored 50 goals for club and country in all competitions since the start of December 2015 and has an option to extend his contract for a further year which Mourinho said the Glazer family want to be triggered.

"It is activated in his brain and in my decisions and the owners and the board's," he said.

Though United's 3-1 win will be remembered by a Henrikh Mkhitaryan goal which the Armenian described last night as the "best goal I ever scored", Ibrahimovic's all-round contribution was even better.

"I was completely clear that he would be ready and he is ready for more next season. He will be here again," added Mourinho.

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