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EPL: Man Utd receive advice on striker to sign instead of Mandzukic

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Former Manchester United star, Paul Ince has urged the club to bring back striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic in January transfer window and abandon their pursuit for Juventus forward, Mario Mandzukic.

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Omasi Talks recalls that Manchester United are closing in on a deal to sign Juventus striker, Mario Mandzukic in January.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are confident that a transfer fee of £9million will be accepted by the Serie A champions, who are desperate to sell the Croatian veteran.

Mandzukic is expected to sign an 18-month contract until the summer of 2021 and would earn a salary of £4.4m a year at Old Trafford but Ince believes the Red Devils would be better served re-signing Ibrahimovic.

Speaking ahead of Manchester United’s Premier League clash against Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon, Ince told Paddy Power: “Zlatan Ibrahimovic seemed to tease going back to Spain, then he’s been linked with staying in the MLS, and even Perth Glory.

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“But I think, if he wanted to, returning to Old Trafford would be the way to go. He’d be great at educating all of these young players that Ole is looking to bring through, an incredible off-pitch influence as well as on the field.

“They need someone who can control the changing room and be a true leader, and he fits that role. He can show the young players how it’s done. He would be the Godfather of United’s dressing room.

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Ince added: “I can’t see Mario Mandzukic happening – so why not take Zlatan? You know that he isn’t going to play 90 minutes every game, but he’s a lethal goal scorer ultimately.

“It’d only be a short contract, and you know what he’s going to do and that’s score you goals. If you were to bring him on for 15 or 20 minutes he will find the net in that time. And we know that United have been struggling with creating chances and not scoring goals – he’s the perfect fit.”

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Mourinho issues strong warning to Tottenham players ahead of Bayern tie

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Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has “forbidden” his players, from watching their Bayern Munich horror show.

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The Bundesliga champions thrashed Tottenham 7-2 at White Hart Lane in October.

Both sides meet again in the Champions League on Wednesday, with Mourinho choosing to rest Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Serge Aurier and Jan Vertonghen.

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However, the Portuguese does not want any of his players to be battle scarred, before tackling the big-scoring Germans at the Allianz Arena.

“7-2? I forbid any image about it. I watch it a couple of times with my staff and the analysts, try to go through every detail but not one single image for the boys not at all.

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“We are going to focus on us, more than Bayern, to develop our model of play with different faces and diff bodies but there is a certain way we try to develop and we are totally focused on us and less on Bayern,” Mourinho told a press conference on Tuesday.

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Barcelona’s Ansu Fati sets new Champions League goalscoring record

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Barcelona forward, Ansu Fati, on Tuesday became the youngest player to score in the Champions League, when he netted the winner against Inter Milan on Tuesday.

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Fati came off the bench at the San Siro, to score in the 87th minute to seal a 2-1 victory.

Aged 17 years, 40 days, the goal sees Fati take the record from Peter Ofori-Quaye, who was 17 years, 194 days old, when he scored his first Champions League goal for Olympiacos in 1997.

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“I’ve just been told [I have broken the record]. I am super happy with the goal and with the win,” Fati told reporters after the match.

“It’s a dream. Everything seems to be happening so quickly. It’s just about enjoying myself and learning from the best. Every time I get a chance, I will try to take it, either by scoring goals or by working hard.”

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Describing the goal, Fati said: “I gave the ball to Suarez, and he gave it back to me. And when I scored, I was surprised because the whole stadium was silent. I was thinking: ‘What have I just done?’ But I am really happy.”

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Pinnick reveals England-based player that will improve Super Eagles squad

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The President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has said he will not relent in his efforts, to get Queens Park Rangers’ Ebere Eze to play for Nigeria.

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Speaking to BBC Sport, Pinnick noted that the England U-21 player will improve the Super Eagles squad.

Eze was born in England to Nigerian parents but played twice for the Three Lions at Under-21 level in November.

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But Pinnick wants Eze to switch allegiances to boost Nigeria’s midfield, ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

“We need to make a solid representation at Qatar 2022 and it starts with improving on your squad with quality players like Eze.

“Can you imagine a midfield with Ndidi, Aribo, Etebo and Eze? it is one that will improve our squad.

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“I had a positive meeting with Ebere Eze in London and I spoke to his parents as well,” said Pinnick.

“He requested for the chance to continue to focus on his club career which is going well so far, and that further progress will be made in due course.

“But I am confidently hopeful that he will play for Nigeria soon,” he said.

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