Mourinho has told Bastian Schweinsteiger to find a new club according to latest reports, with promising youngsters Tim Fosu-Mensah and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson also to be axed by Manchester United.
Daily Mail reports nine players have been informed they can leave Old Trafford, on what the paper is describing as “clear-out Thursday”, with World Cup winner Schweinsteiger forced to train with the youth team.
As mentioned by the Manchester Evening News, Germany captain Schweinsteiger was absent from first-team training at United’s training centre in Carrington.
Andreas Perreira and Adnan Januzaj were also notable absentees as Mourinho put his boys through their paces, including new arrival Ibrahimovic.
According to a report from Mail, nine players were informed that they can find a new club and were instructed to train with the Under-21s.
Schweinsteiger, who won 22 trophies during his time at German giants Bayern Munich, looks to be the highest profile casualty but eyebrows will also be raised at the news that Fosu-Mensah and Borthwick-Jackson have been told to leave.
The two youngsters impressed when breaking into the first team under Louis van Gaal last season.
Also leaving the club will be James Wilson, Will Keane, Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair as Mourinho has decided to scrap some academy products as he aims to whittle the squad down to 24 players.
United under Mourinho looks a bit different despite the fact they are still to play a competitive game.
The Portuguese tactician is a winner and his record at all of his previous clubs goes before him, despite a bitterly frustrating end to his most recent Chelsea spell.
Free transfer Ibrahimovic is most likely a better signing than either of his two predecessors made as a manager and Armenian Mkhitaryan has already shown early potential too. Bailly was another required acquisition as the Red Devils look for a solid centre back to partner Chris Smalling.