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Man United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic 'at the top of his qualities' - Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho told reporters that Zlatan Ibrahimovic surrounds himself with the club's young players at the team breakfast table, and said despite his advanced age, the former Paris Saint-Germain star is "at the top of his qualities" as a footballer.

The Swedish striker scored a goal as United ran out to a winning Premier League start on Sunday, beating Bournemouth 3-1 in Mourinho's first league match with the club.

In his postmatch news conference, the United manager highlighted the influence of Ibrahimovic on the club, saying: "Look, the first thing I can tell you is that, at his table for breakfast and for meals, he is surrounded by the young ones, the kids. Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford -- these are the guys who are with him at the table. He knows what he can be for them.

"But, for the team, you have to forget the passport, that he is 34 years old. The body and mentality are not those of a 34-year-old guy. He's at the top of his qualities."

Mourinho admitted that he himself had some nerves before the game, explaining: "At the hotel was a boxing fight on the second floor. I tried to go but no chance. Too many people and the people were too happy.

"But, to be honest, yes, a little bit before the game. For somebody with so many years in football, to have that feeling is normal. I never forget coming with Real Madrid to Old Trafford and asking Sir Alex [Ferguson] if he was still nervous. Yes. I understand it never changes. Experience helps with many things but it's good to have a little feeling."

The United manager showed his emotion by passionately celebrating Ibrahimovic's goal to give United a 3-0 lead. He shouted with both arms raised and fists clenched as Ibrahimovic took the first step in the league towards justifying the manager bringing him in.

Mourinho said: "I thought that was the end of the game. It wasn't. One mistake, one goal, game open again [at 3-1]. That happens in the Premier League, with the quality. You don't press the ball or defend inside, you're in trouble."

Defensively, as a unit, his team were impressive on the whole against Bournemouth. Man of the Match was Eric Bailly, who was also making his league debut for the club after joining from Villarreal.

Mourinho said: "When you buy somebody like him, you always have a question mark, which is over how a personality adapts to a completely different situation to before. Playing in Spain is different than England. Playing for Villarreal is different to Man United. Playing for fifth or sixth is different to trying to win it. But he's showing big personality which is incredible.

"He was injured against Leicester [in the Community Shield last Sunday] and said nothing, but played 90 minutes. He couldn't play after that or train, and trained for the first time yesterday with the team. He'd had the problem all week. He did amazing work with the physio and fitness coaches.

"But to be surrounded by organisation makes it easier, and the team were very solid and compact: [Antonio] Valencia, [Ander] Herrera and Marouane [Fellaini] ahead of him. So he showed his qualities."