Man United in pole position to sign 33-year-old Croatian striker

One footballer who was talked about a lot during the Summer and recent months was Mario Mandzukic. Man United were widely expected to bring the veteran centre-forward in next month, but they quote Tuttosport in saying the deal is now dead.

It always looked like a surprising transfer target, he’s 33, has barely played for Bianconeri this campaign and would completely go against the policy of bringing in young footballers that we’ve seen recently.

It’s also likely that he would need some time to build up his match fitness and sharpness. When you consider he would only really be a short term signing anyway, that could be another reason for Red Devils interest cooling off.

That’s not to say that the Norwegian boss is completely happy with his options front-line. Man United would be looking to sign someone who could go straight into the team. They indicate that a £75m move for Erling Haaland could be their new priority, but there’s no sign of any deal being close at this point.

It still sounds like there will be some business to be done at Man United this January, but recent results might allow them to stick to their strategy rather than panicking and signing short term fixes instead.

Marcus Rashford’s goal for Premier League seemed to bring his confidence back, and he’s been fantastic in leading the line over the past few games. The defence could probably do with some reinforcements, but it might not be as much of panic in the winter window when it opens.