3 reasons Mario Mandzukic could be a smart Manchester United signing

Reports have claimed Manchester United and Juventus are negotiating over Mario Mandzukic as well as Paulo Dybala.

Tuttosport report Mandzukic is being discussed by the two clubs, amid ongoing talks over Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku’s potential move to Juventus would see Mandzukic’s game time diminish further.

He may have just turned 33, but here is a look at three reasons why he would be a good signing for United…

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You cannot argue with Mandzukic’s goalscoring record or experience.

He has scored into double figures in every season from 2011/12 onwards, with the highlight a 26 goal campaign for Bayern Munich.

He has 212 career goals and has scored in Germany, Italy and Spain, and also has 21 Champions League strikes to his name, including against us in 2014.

Even as a player from the bench, he could be the poacher United need and could easily score into double figures for United.

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United have an array of young, attacking options. But it’s important this has balance.

What happens when Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood have a dip in form?

Are any of them ready to become the 20 goal plus striker they need to be? Can they cope with the Europa League plus Premier League burden?

The young stars can learn from Mandzukic, who can be the club’s insurance policy, allowing the Croatian international to relieve the pressure.

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Mandzukic is a striker who allows United to change the style of play. His strength in the air will encourage more crosses into the box, becoming useful when we are chasing a goal.

Rashford and Martial are suited to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s desired counter attacking style, but teams will go ultra defensive to try to combat this.

Mandzukic will give United greater tactical versatility for the different scenarios we will face over the course of the season.

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