Manchester United turned down an opportunity to sign veteran strikers Mario Mandzukic and Fernando Llorente last summer, according to a report from the Manchester Evening News.

Romelu Lukaku left the Red Devils to join Inter Milan in the off-season and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side failed to bring in an apt replacement.

United youth-team graduate Marcus Rashford has been deployed as a makeshift number nine so far this season and his form appears to have taken a dip.

Llorente was available on a free-transfer last summer after Tottenham Hotspur opted to release him. The veteran may be past his prime but he is still able to score goals at the highest level.

He ended up joining Napoli and has been in decent form as he has so far registered two Serie A goals for the Italian side from five appearances.

Mandzukic’s days at Juventus are numbered and he appears to be surplus to requirements at the club under Maurizio Sarri.

The Croatian has not registered a single competitive appearance for the reigning Italian Champions so far this season.

Could this present an opportunity for United moving towards the January transfer window?

United are struggling so far this season. The 33-year-old will almost definitely be keen on a transfer at this point so that he can start playing regular first-team football again.

Mandzukic could add some clinical finishing ability to United’s floundering attack.


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