Mourinho, who worked with Ibrahimovic at Inter Milan in the 2009/2010 season when they won the Champions League together, has labelled the 34-year-old Swede a clown who creates a melodramatic image in public but in reality, he’s the opposite.
The former Chelsea boss is however confident Ibrahimovic will be a positive impact to other players especially the youngsters at Old Trafford and the Portuguese tactician has backed teenage England forward Marcus Rashford to learn a lot from the former Paris Saint-Germain star.
“I think probably the other players are surprised. Not me because I know him. But probably the other players are surprised. Not with his quality, because the quality everybody knows,” Mourinho told BT Sport about the free agent in an exclusive interview.
“Probably a bit with his commitment and motivation because we are speaking about a 34-year-old man that won so much in his career, but probably even more surprised with the person. He is a good guy. What he looks like, it is not what he is.
“The words he says, he says for fun. He is the guy capable to go to the kitman and say “please give a towel to God” and then laugh, laugh, laugh, laugh and laugh. The image he sells is not him, he is a good guy.
“He is brilliant with the young boys. I think for [Marcus] Rashford this is a gift.
“People can say he is not going to play every game from the start, like in the second part of last season, but this is a gift for the kid, too.
“We are so happy to have him [Ibrahimovic] and for two years, probably the last two years of his career, he probably couldn’t find a bigger league to finish his career and we couldn’t find a better striker in this moment of our building process of our team.
“We couldn’t find a better striker than him to give us the stability we need.”
Ibrahimovic scored the winning goal at Wembley on Sunday in his first competitive game for the Red Devils to hand United the FA Community Shield Cup with a 2-1 victory.