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Jose Mourinho will kick off Manchester United reign with Ibrahimovic signing

By Jim Gracey

Manchester United manager-elect Jose Mourinho may have swung the job with a promise to deliver Paris Saint-Germain and Sweden superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic as one of his first signings.

As required by the rules of the New York Stock Exchange, where they are listed, United must confirm their managerial change as soon as terms are officially agreed with Mourinho to succeed Louis van Gaal, despite the Dutchman's FA Cup winning victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

There remains disquiet among the Old Trafford hierarchy that news of Mourinho's imminent appointment appeared ahead of Saturday's final in the Spanish newspaper AS, regarded as the voice of Real Madrid where the Portuguese still has close connections from his coaching reign there.

His arrival will also place question marks against the futures of such established United figures as Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick and even Wayne Rooney, who turned down the chance to join Mourinho at Chelsea during previous United contract negotiations.

But the upside is that goalkeeper David de Gea is expected to stay - he and Mourinho share the same agent, Jorge Mendes -with the capture of Ibrahimovic a significant bonus.

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