Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has backed the club’s pursuit of Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic ahead of the January transfer window.
Recent media reports had claimed that Manchester United are closing in on a move for the retired Croatian international player.
In an interview with Betfair, Manchester United legend Dimitar Berbatov backed the pursuit of the aforementioned Mandzukic as he said that the club needs to sign strikers after the summer exits of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.
According to him, any club would have felt the impact of losing two attackers without replacing them.
Dimitar Berbatov understands why Manchester United have struggled in attack after losing the services of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku.
The former Bulgarian national team player also pointed out that the lack of goals is down to the injury suffered by main striker Anthony Martial.
Berbatov said that Anthony Martial is the only attacker with a track record of constantly scoring goals and that the team has suffered in his absence.
Anthony Martial has been injured since the league game at home to Crystal Palace in week three.
The French international scored twice in three games in the Premier League.
He’s expected to return to the team for the Liverpool game next week Saturday.
Why Solskjaer Wasn’t Interested In 15-goal Poacher
Manchester United were said to be in contention for Portuguese wonderkid Joao Felix in the summer but Solskjaer surprisingly pulled out of the race to sign him.
Solskjaer’s reasons for taking such a decision were unclear to many until The Athletic reported this morning that the manager took such step because of the youngster’s lack of physical presence.
The Athletic revealed that the Norwegian boss wasn’t convinced with Felix’s physical appearances and he doubted if he can cope with the league’s physical-demanding nature.
His decision to pull out of the race gave Spanish side Atletico Madrid the chance to lure the 19-year-old to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in in the summer.
It was reported that Diego Simeone’s side paid a huge £113m to Benfica before they finally sealed a deal for the Portuguese star who scored 15 goals and nine assists last season.
As much as United’s decision to end interest in the player has a concrete reason, they ought to have competed for the player due to his overall potentials and his goalscoring prowess.
Since his switch to Atletico Madrid, Joao Felix has scored three goals and one assist. He definitely has a great future ahead of him, and United won’t hesitate to reignite interest in him when the opportunity arises again.
188-goal Poacher Set To Discuss Man United Offer
Manchester United have reportedly reached a £10m deal with Juventus for Mandzukic’s services in January but the player is set to discuss his future with the Serie A side.
According to The Mirror, Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici will meet with the Croatian striker in coming days to discuss United’s offer and his plans for the next transfer window.
The Sporting Director revealed that the 33-year-old was close to joining a Qatari club in the summer window but they failed to reach an agreement before the end of the transaction period.
“With Mandzukic, we chose a quiet time for him to leave but a move to Qatar [in the summer] did not materialise so he stayed with us. Now we will talk to him and see what happens in January.” he said.
Since the start of the season, the former Atletico and Bayern Munich striker hasn’t featured for Maurizio Sarri’s men as he is behind Ronaldo and Higuain in the pecking order.
Should he join United in January, Mandzukic will become the third oldest player under Solskjaer’s tutelage behind Lee Grant and Ashley Young.
He has scored 188 combined goals for all the clubs he has played for, and he could be the best short-term solution to United’s goalscoring problems.
Why Did Tottenham Contact Jose Mourinho?
North London giants Tottenham Hotspur have made contact with former Chelsea and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho over their managerial position.
This is according to the Daily Mail which said that the Premier League side has sounded out Jose Mourinho about the managerial job despite the fact that Mauricio Pochettino is still the manager.
Mauricio Pochettino is not under pressure to lose his managerial job at Tottenham Hotspur despite the average start to this season but the club has lined up possible replacements for him if the Argentine tactician quits the post amidst the numerous transfer rumours linking him with the Manchester United job.
Mauricio Pochettino has seen his Tottenham Hotspur team crash out of the Carabao Cup this season at the third round stage to English League Two team Colchester United.
Spurs were beaten on penalties by the fourth tier side after the two teams played out a goalless draw.
The North London club is in midtable on the Premier League log at the moment after just 11 points from the first eight games.
Tottenham Hotspur have already lost three times in the Premier League this term and they are currently three points away from the top four places at the moment.
Michael Owen Predicts Outcome For Man Utd Vs Liverpool Clash
Premier League legend Michael Owen has made his prediction for the league game between two of his former clubs this weekend.
Michael Owen played for five clubs throughout his illustrious career including four Premier League sides.
The ex-England international striker played for both Manchester United and Liverpool during his football career though it must be pointed out that he spent the majority of his playing career with the latter.
Michael Owen predicted the outcome as the two clubs meet in the Premier League this weekend in what’s a week nine encounter billed to take place at the Theatre of Dreams.
According to him via BetVictor, visitors Liverpool will have too much firepower for Manchester United.
Michael Owen has tipped Liverpool to pick up the three points at stake thereby continuing their perfect start to the season.
Liverpool have won all their eight league games this season and they could make it nine in a row at the start of the current Premier League campaign when they travel the short distance to face Manchester United.
The Reds can also equal the record for the number of wins in the history of the Premier League when they face Manchester United.
A win will equal the record of Manchester City with 18 victories.
Allegri Reveals Juventus Players He’ll Sign For Man Utd
Former Juventus and AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has revealed the players that he’ll sign for Manchester United if he takes charge of the team.
Allegri has been seriously linked with the managerial job at Premier League club Manchester United in the past few days.
According to the latest report credited to Italian news outlet Tuttosport, Manchester United have opened talks with the Italian tactician about taking over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who’s under pressure after a poor start to the current Premier League season.
It was revealed that Manchester United have offered Allegri 6.5 million pounds yearly salary for him to take the managerial job at Old Trafford.
The aforementioned publication also said that former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra will be a part of his backroom staff at the Theatre of Dreams.
Retired French international left-back Evra was at Manchester United before he left the club to play for Juventus under the guidance of Maximiliano Allegri.
He has not been without a managerial job since his resignation as the Juventus manager this summer.
Apart from the Manchester United job, the Italian has also been linked with Spanish champions Barcelona.
The Daily Mail claimed that he will sign former players at Juventus, Emre Can and Mario Mandzukic, for Manchester United when he becomes their manager.
Spurs Line Up Isco As Replacement For Man Utd Transfer Target
Tottenham Hotspur have targeted Real Madrid midfielder Isco as the man to replace wantaway player Christian Eriksen.
Danish international Christian Eriksen could leave the North London club in the winter transfer window in January and Spanish international playmaker Isco is seen as a direct replacement for him at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
This is according to the publication from the stables of the Daily Express.
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen has less than one year remaining on his contract at his club at the moment and he could start to negotiate with clubs outside of England as from the start of next year.
When he has six months left on his Spurs contract, Christian Eriksen can start to negotiate a free transfer move with foreign teams.
Eriksen was linked with a move away from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer but nothing came out of it.
Manchester United, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are some of the clubs that were linked with the former Ajax Amsterdam player during the summer.
Tottenham Hotspur will have to sell him in the January transfer window to prevent him from walking away from the club on a free transfer next summer when his current deal runs out.
Man Utd Duo Ruled Out Of Liverpool Clash According To Solskjaer
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that two key players will miss the crucial meeting with Liverpool in the Premier League.
Liverpool are the early pacesetters in the Premier League and they travel to take on arch rivals Manchester United in a week nine game billed for the Theatre of Dreams this weekend.
Two key Manchester United players have been ruled out of that game according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
In a chat with Sky Sports, Solskjaer said that Paul Pogba and David De Gea will both miss the Liverpool game at Old Trafford on Sunday evening.
French World Cup winner Pogba has been battling with an ankle problem for the majority of this season and that has forced him to miss five of the last seven games for Manchester City.
His last appearance came during the Premier League game at home to Arsenal which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Pogba aggravated the ankle injury during that Arsenal game and he was told to rest for some weeks.
On his part, David De Gea will miss the Liverpool clash as a result of the groin injury that he sustained while on international break.
De Gea got injured during the Euro 2020 qualifier between hosts Sweden and his native Spain on Tuesday night.
Liverpool Handed Further Boost In Premier League Title Race
Merseyside giants Liverpool have received further boost in the Premier League title race with the news that title rivals Manchester City might be without their star striker for the upcoming league game at the weekend.
Liverpool have not won a league title in three decades but that could change this season with the Reds already the team to beat in the Premier League.
The Reds were handed a major boost in the title race with the news that Premier League title rival Manchester City could be without their star striker for the weekend’s set of league games.
They were given a big boost shortly before the international break when Manchester City suffered a shock 2-0 loss to Europa League campaigners Wolverhampton Wanderers at home.
That surprising defeat gave Liverpool an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
Liverpool needed a late James Milner penalty to beat Leicester City 2-1 at home to open up that eight points lead and Premier League champions Manchester City were expected to cut the gap back to five points with a win over Wolves but that didn’t happen.
Adama Traore scored twice in the second half to give his Wolves team the three points at stake.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was involved in an accident on his way to training on Wednesday morning but he didn’t sustain any injury.
It remains to be seen whether he would feature in the away game with Crystal Palace.