Ex-Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov believes the club “need someone like Mario Mandzukic. He could have the same impact as Zlatan Ibrahimovic.”
Mandzukic continues to be linked with a January move to United, given he is out of favour at Juventus and the Red Devils are relying on 18-year-old Mason Greenwood as backup in attack.
“When you sell two of your main strikers you need to bring in at least one, just in case,” Berbatov told Betfair.
“Everybody can see that that Manchester United need a backup, Anthony Martial is injured and there isn’t another really strong proven goalscorer.
“They have the talent in the young players but at the same time you need someone like Mario Mandzukic.
“I think he is a really good football player and he hasn’t played before in England but I hope if he comes he can straight away get into the rhythm of the Premier League.”
Ibrahimovic was 34 – one year older than the Croat – when he moved to Old Trafford in 2016 and scored 28 goals in his first season.
“Zlatan Ibrahimovic was 34 when he signed for United and he didn’t have any problems.
“Mandzukic is a similar age and hope he could have the same impact if he signs.
“I think his age is a good thing; Martial, Rashford and Greenwood are all young players so they need that time and assurance that they don’t need to worry and they can learn from the experience of Mandzukic.”
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