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Manchester United: Why Mourinho never needed Ivan Perisic

With the Croatian now talking to Inter about a new contract, did Manchester United ever actually need his services?

Jose Mourinho claims he still wants to add bodies to his already talented squad, and it’s no secret that one of these players he refers to was wide forward Ivan Perisic of Inter Milan. The Croatia international would have apparently set United back £50 million.

Perisic may be a talented player. He’s rapid, direct, can go on the outside or inside and has good end product, and in terms of today’s prices, he could be considered reasonable at £50 million.

However, the winger is 28-years-old and has only scored 18 league goals in 70 appearances for Inter Milan.

It’s good, as is Perisic himself, but does Jose Mourinho really need him? Especially when he has the younger, extremely talented Anthony Martial who plays in the same position.

The world’s most expensive teenager

Martial was a big-money signing for United two summers ago, despite being a relatively unknown player. The Red Devils rated him so highly, in fact, that they made him the world’s most expensive teenager at the time.

Martial duly announced himself to the Old Trafford stage with a magnificent debut goal in a 3-1 win against Liverpool.

That one goal displayed all of his qualities. Pace, power, trickery, wonderful dribbling ability and composure in front of goal.

The Frenchman scored four goals in his first four games for the club and ended the season as the side's top goalscorer with 17 in all competitions, despite not being an out-and-out striker.

An impressive pre-season

However, with the appointment of Jose Mourinho, Martial saw his chances somewhat limited last season. He struggled to get a run of games and therefore form, ending the season with only four league goals, widely considered as backup to the first team.

The fact of the matter, though, is that Martial is still only 21-years-old and has had a wonderful pre-season, arguably United's best player in their summer friendlies.

The former Monaco forward has been unplayable.

He has once again displayed all of his fantastic qualities during the summer campaign, none more so than his extraordinary assist for Jesse Lingard's goal against Real Madrid, where he twisted and turned past the Madrid defence before putting the ball on a plate for his team mate.

And he has done all of this playing in Perisic's position.

Martial is ready

Martial is ready to show the world what he can do. He has he ability to become one of the best forwards in the world and seemingly takes everything in his stride. He has become known for his somewhat 'chilled out' facial expressions and manner.

Signing Perisic then is unnecessary and United should only target a player in that position if they are truly world class, a la Gareth Bale.

Even then, they should still reconsider. Martial is ready.


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Harry Brooks

Harry graduated from UAL in Elephant and Castle with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in sports journalism.

He has an NCTJ diploma and also coaches football and teaches PE in schools.

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Manchester United: Why Mourinho never needed Ivan Perisic

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