Ibrahimovic - who had won league titles with every club he had played for before joining United on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain a year ago - has made clear that he was disappointed to finish sixth with Mourinho's team last season.
The 20-year-old Chelsea striker is ready for the next stage of his career after scoring 26 goals on loan at Bristol City in the second tier last season. "Can we win it?"
"We deserve a rest tomorrow", Mourinho told BT Sport.
"I understand the reality of the market, the numbers and my club by doing 75 per cent of what I asked, the club did well".
Conte led the Blues from 10th the previous campaign to the Premier League trophy last season.
"They know how to play these games". But this is modern football.
"We are going to fight for all of them and we are going to improve".
Meanwhile, the love seems to be flowing both ways between Bale and Mourinho, as Bale recently took the time to praise the Portuguese manager.
Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic have been brought in to help boost their title challenge, with the United boss looking to continue his remarkable record of winning the league in his second campaign in all five spells in charge of a major club.
Crystal Palace were crowned the punter's champions thanks to late season victories over Arsenal and at Liverpool.
Brighton, who returned the top tier after a 34-year absence by finishing second in the Championship, last hosted City in a 2008 League Cup tie.
He added: "It was the same last season".
Mourinho reiterated at a pre-match conference yesterday his satisfaction with the club's transfer business this summer window, despite not achieving "100 per cent" of his targets. I've been waiting for this opportunity.
"That is why the club was clever to do that because we anticipated what we needed and we tried to do our best, not just for next season but the future".
"It would be better to lose two or three but win three or four more and then have six or eight more points and then a different position in the table".
The ex-Chelsea star should give Paul Pogba more of a license to get forward with Ander Herrera providing a link between defence and attack.
United face a relatively benign start to the season, Rooney's return to Old Trafford with big-spending Everton the most taxing assignment of their opening seven fixtures.
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The past Ajax and Inter Milan manager, Frank de Boer, succeeds the former England manager, Sam Allardyce, at Crystal Palace. One only has to go back to Leicester's title winning season in 2015/16 to find an enticing encounter between the two sides.
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Then there is a brand new goalkeeper , £35m Ederson of Benfica, who must be able to make the saves that Claudio Bravo could not. The defensive midfielder role looks a little fragile with Yaya Toure and Fernandinho both on the wrong side of 30.
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed the club are in talks with Zlatan Ibrahimovic regarding a new contract. Manchester United have spent big this summer, lavishing £140million on Romelu Lukaku , Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof .
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If they get away with it now, we will indeed be on a slippery slope leading to dictatorship. He told the ABC: "I am not going to take any part in it whatsoever".
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