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Manchester United linked with Mandzukic transfer

There are a couple of reasons to believe it

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Manchester United are expected to make a move for Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic according to a number of reports in the media.

The 33-year-old striker was in contact with United in the summer as the club were also in negotiations for their playmaker Paulo Dybala, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were unable to reach an agreement for either player.

United are short of strikers after injuries to Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, and that has been exacerbated by the sale of Romelu Lukaku and the loan of Alexis Sanchez, to Inter Milan and Inter Milan respectively.

Solskjaer has admitted he wants to bring in more attacking players in the winter transfer window, and over the last couple of days, reports have emerged linking Mandzukic to a transfer to Old Trafford, as he broke off talks to move to Qatar.

This exceptionally reliable report in Goal written by, er, me, breaks down the figures involved in a transfer for the Croatian striker. As it is written by, er, me, you can be sure that the rumour is credibly source and oustandingly written.

There is also a story in the Athletic which is behind a paywall, and therefore I have not read it, but it is true to say that it came out after my story which was written by, er, me.

United need an experienced striker to help the younger players start to hone their talents in front of goal, and a more physical option would give them the chance to play the game a different way, as well as adding depth to the squad.

Once again, United have a manager who needs to be supported by Ed Woodward as he is on the cusp of losing his current squad, and also the faith of United’s fans, who have been disappointed often enough to start losing their patience with managers.