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Manchester United who are currently struggling to find goals have identified two forwards as their primary transfer targets in the January transfer window according to the English outlet Metro. Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic and Barcelona’s talented forward Ousmane Dembele reportedly are the targets. Mandzukic was linked to United this summer as well but the move never materialised as United reportedly didn’t sign him due to his advanced age. He has not featured under Sarri so far this season and United’s interest at this moment reeks of desperation. The report in Metro also cites Independent and makes the claim that Solskjaer has met with the Manchester United chairman Ed Woodward and spoke about the upcoming transfer window.

Dembele has had a troubled time at Barcelona ever since his move from Dortmund. With Antoine Griezmann’s arrival, he will see his playing time cut down. A number of displinary breaches and even greater number of injuries have made it harder for Dembele to earn game time under Ernesto Valverde. The emergence of Ansu Fati is another reason, Dembele might be looking at other clubs to restart his career.

Manchester United have struggled to score goals this season and slowly it is becoming clearer that the sale of Romelu Lukaku which was sanctioned by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was a mistake and the failure to replace him in the summer transfer window is a bigger mistake. Marcus Rashford has struggled to repay the faith his manager had on him as it is becoming evident that Rashford has long way to go before he can become United’s leading striker.

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