‘I don’t think this is a solution’ – ESPN pundit not convinced as Man United target striker
ESPN FC pundit Alejandro Moreno has played down the merits of Manchester United making a move for Mario Mandzukic – with the club reportedly in talks for the Croatian striker.
Sky Sports reports that Mandzukic is being lined up by United as Romelu Lukaku nears a move to Inter Milan after a fee was agreed earlier this week.
However, Moreno believes that while Mandzukic could benefit United in the short term, he seemed to suggest that having to replace the 33-year-old fairly soon would make the pursuit of the Juventus forward a wasted effort.
He said: “I suppose it would make sense, but if you’re Manchester United, I thought the idea was to get younger, athletic players – not to go back in the direction of a guy that can help in the short term – you’re going to have issues in the long term, anyway. I don’t think this is a solution for Manchester United.”
Despite being in his mid-30s, Mandzukic hasn’t exactly lost his goalscoring touch – with totals of 10 in both of the last two seasons at Juventus in all competitions – and notched three times in last summer’s World Cup, including in the semi-final and final, which suggests an appetite for the big games.
But his slightly uninspiring goalscoring record may not give the impression that he can fill the void that Lukaku (who scored 15 last year) looks to be leaving in the near future, and there may be no guarantee of a starting place at Old Trafford, with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial both amassing goal tallies in double figures last season.
And while Alexis Sanchez could also play up front (despite his struggles in front of goal at Old Trafford), perhaps a reshuffle of their current attacking talent would be more appropriate instead of a potentially unnecessary Mandzukic move.
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