But Mourinho has insisted to his star striker he needs to be managed carefully through this season.
The Daily Star Sunday says Ibrahimovic was ORDERED by Mourinho to take a mini-holiday during the current international break.
Ibrahimovic wanted to be treated like the other nine senior players who weren't on international duty and have only TWO days off.
The charismatic United striker said he'd report to the club's Carrington training HQ and work in the gym.
Mourinho told him he wouldn't be doing that and that he had to take FOUR days off and return to training last Thursday.