Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been backed to sign Juventus centre-forward Mario Mandzukic on a short-term deal in the winter transfer window by former Man United hero Paul Parker. Red Devils should sign Croatia international from Juventus in winter.
But, Mario should only be considered a short-term option for the club going forward, with a long-term plan put in place to find a new striker. Man United looked set to confirm the signing of Mandzukic earlier this campaign, with the centre-forward’s future at Bianconeri, called into question.
But, the 33-year-old centre-forward looks to be heading for Qatari side Al Duhail. But, Parker thinks the Croatian striker would be an ideal signing for the squad to see them through the remainder of the campaign. As it stands, Red Devils have been rotating between Martial and Rashford in the striker role, with both stars preferring to play wider.
Asked whether he thinks Mario would be a good signing for Man United, Parker said: “If you’re talking short-term, yes. “If you’re talking about someone who’s just going to come in, be a focal point, be aggressive, and hold the ball up earn your fouls, rather than the ball coming straight back then yes.
“But you’ve got to have good ball retention as well with him. “He’s fortunate; he’s had a great career, played for some great clubs, but he’s played with teams that can pass the ball. Mario Mandzukic is in the final year of his contract with the Old Lady, but the centre-forward is still on an annual salary of £4m.