Manchester United eyeing move for Croatian forward


The Express is reporting that Manchester United are interested in signing Juventus and Croatian forward, Mario Mandzukic.

Inconsistent Lukaku

A large part of why United are seemingly looking for another striker this summer is due to the inconsistent displays of Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku signed for Manchester United last summer from Everton for a fee in the region of £76 million.

Since arriving at Old Trafford Lukaku has been quite a controversial figure who has divided fans and pundits alike.

In his debut season for United Lukaku played 51 games in all competitions. In those 51 games, he scored 27 and assisted nine. Included in those goals was 16 Premier League goals in 34 appearances.

This is by no means a terrible record and a lot of strikers would be happy to have scored 27 goals in 51 games.

However, Lukaku’s biggest problem/criticism is that he fails to score in the big games.

This is seemingly a fair criticism as last season only one of his 16 league goals came against a side in the top six, vs Chelsea in February when United won 2-1.

Having your main striker hardly turn up in big games isn’t exactly ideal and it has now seemingly forced Mourinho to look elsewhere for a striker who will do it in the big games.

Romelu Lukaku Manchester United

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 13: Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on December 13, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Experienced forward

Mandzukic is 32 years of age and has enjoyed an excellent career around Europe.

The forward enjoyed a spell in Spain playing for Atletico Madrid, in which time he scored 20 goals in 43 games.

Mandzukic also had two successful spells in Germany for Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg. He scored 48 in 88 games for Munich and 20 in 60 for Wolfsburg.

Mandzukic is currently playing his football in Italy for Juventus after moving there from Atletico Madrid in 2015 for a fee in the region of £18.9 million.

The Croatian has scored 34 and assisted 18 in 129 games for Juventus but he could now well be on his way to United this summer.

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