Signing Mandzukic would only serve to worsen Man United’s dour football

Manchester United want to do a swap deal with Italian champions Juventus involving outcast Matteo Darmian and Croatian target man Mario Mandzukic, according to The Daily Mirror.

What’s the story, then?

The Mirror report that Darmian has his eye on a move to the Serie A winners after a season that has seen him slump right down the right-back pecking order at Old Trafford.

They say that Jose Mourinho wants to engineer a deal to bring former Bayern Munich man Mandzukic the other way and tie the two deals together.

They also claim that Juventus are willing to let the striker leave this summer, providing the price is right so if they do have an interest in Darmian, the deal could well be on the cards.

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Move would show Mourinho has no plans to improve United’s style

Mourinho has rightly faced criticism over the style of United’s play; while Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool have embraced a modern style, they are the only member of the top four to play a stodgey, safety-first game.

It might have been hoped that yet another transfer window of investment would change that but bringing in a back-up to Romelu Lukaku who is a slow target man, rather than using Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial there, shows that is unlikely.

Mandzukic is man whose best years are behind him – and United already sign too many older players – who is a functional battering ram but little more.