Manchester United need help in several facets of their play, but credit to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for this; the signings he made over the summer have all made a positive impact.
One thing the Baby Faced Assassin did get wrong was the decision to get rid of both Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez without replacement. Whatever your views on the pair, it’s not smart to move two experienced campaigners on and trust in a 17-year-old kid.
It seems as though Solskjaer and United know they’ve made a mistake in that regard, hence why the Old Trafford club are now being linked with a new forward on a daily basis.
However, the one name that keeps coming to the fore is Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic. Now, according to ESPN’s pundit, Steve Nicol, United are closing in on a move for the Croat and he looks set to become the Red Devils’ first January signing.
“I think it happens and I think it’s pretty much signed and sealed as well,” Nicol told ESPN FC on Youtube.
“So yeah I don’t think there’s any question this is a hit.
“It’s something that United need but let’s be honest, it’s going against all the nonsense they gave us at the start of the season about youth – yeah right.”
Mandzukic isn’t that glamour name, but that’s the situation United have created for themselves. The veteran is obtainable due to his lack of playing time for Juve – while, Moussa Dembele for example, is much tougher to buy in the mid-season window as Lyon actually needs him.
For what it’s worth, I actually think Mandzukic could be a good addition in the short-term. He works hard, sets the right example and will score important goals.
Furthermore, the Juventus man won’t be too expensive due to his age coupled with the fact he’s slipped down the pecking order under Maurizio Sarri. Sure, there are more attractive options but right now, Mandzukic seems the most plausible for a struggling United side…