Juventus Star Turned Down A Summer Move To Man United

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Jose Mourinho isn’t exactly considered to be one of the best man managers in world football these days.

Repeated news stories have claimed that the Portuguese has a fractured relationship with a number of players from the past and the present, and the current situation at Manchester United is indicative of the fact that this trend isn’t going away any time soon.

The likes of Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, and Luke Shaw have all faced the brunt of public criticism from their manager, which is often enough to anger even the calmest of souls.

It is perhaps that lack of man-management skills that has deterred several stars from joining Manchester United in the summer transfer window.

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Calcio Mercato are reporting that the United boss was interested in signing Croatia’s World Cup hero Mario Mandzukic this summer, but for a change, it wasn’t Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward who stopped this deal from materialising, but the Juventus forward himself.

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Mandzukic apparently wanted to continue playing for current boss Massimiliano Allegri, under whom the Croatian has been vastly successful.

Juventus continue to dominate the Serie A, and may well have a strong run in Europe too this season, with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.

Moreover, with Gonzalo Higuain now moving on to AC Milan, a position has opened up in the Bianconeri attack, and Allegri considers Mandzukic as the man capable of filling the void.

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The striker has proved lethal in front of goal for practically every club he has played for, scoring in the World Cup final for his country as well as in the 2015 Champions League final for the Old Lady.

The Red Devils were also reportedly interested in Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic after his World Cup performances, but that move fell through as well, as did many others that were plotted by Jose Mourinho.

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