Reported United target Edin Dzeko still feels deep affection for City

Manchester United need more firepower and it would be no great surprise to see a striker come through the door in January.

Despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s focus on young, British players in the transfer market, Edin Dzeko’s name has been linked to Old Trafford, as well as Mario Mandzukic.

Dzeko of course used to play for Manchester City and won the Premier League twice at the Etihad Stadium and expressed this year just how much he still cares for the club.

What’s the story?

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ESPN report that United want the Bosnian international, who now plies his trade with Roma in Serie A.


The report claims that Solskjaer has recongised the need for an experienced hitman and wants a proven goalscorer to add to his squad.

It goes on to say that Dzeko is now ahead of Mandzukic on the list of targets, after shelving the planned £14 million summer move United had in place. Mandzukic is yet to play for Juventus this season.

Dzeko’s Premier League experience apparently makes him a superior option in United’s eyes, but Ed Woodward wants to move away from signing aging recruits.

What did Dzeko say about City?

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Dzeko was not always appreciated by City fans when he was there but told FourFourTwo back in February he still follows the club.

He said: “I still follow City when I can. They feel like my club. To beat [United] 6-1 in their own ground was a humiliation. United always had that flag which counted the years City were without a title, making fun of our fans. After the 6-1 they were quiet!”

Dzeko may well be convinced to come back to the Premier League by United but it’s clear he feels affection for City and he forms a large part of their history.

Solskjaer’s demand for an older hitman who does not fit into United’s dynamic, counter-attacking style does not quite ring true.

The club has wasted too much money on ageing talent and needs to fully embrace a quicker style of football. The focus on traditional target men in recent years has left United scrambling behind rivals playing a more modern brand of football.

While they haven’t gained a great deal of attention due to the little media coverage City command, his comments would make a move difficult.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.