Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Mourinho Lauds Inter's Perisic Following World Cup Semi-Final Performance

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Cassandra Castillo | 13 July, 2018, 20:40

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho heaps praise on one-time target Ivan Perisic following his performance for Croatia in the World Cup semi-final against England.

England led after a superb Kieran Trippier free kick five minutes in but they were made pay for their failure to convert further chances by Ivan Perisic's second-half strike and Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor.

Speaking during Russia Today's coverage of Wednesday's game, Mourinho said: "Perisic is the kind of winger that is different to the others". "Normally you judge wide players on their pace and creativity, but he's physical too - exceptionally physical - and in the air he's fantastic".

The Inter Milan star was heavily linked with a switch to United last summer before Mourinho turned his interest elsewhere.

"But he is also physical, very physical".

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Now, the club is gearing up for a new season, with fans and players alike eager to see United return to the glory days and make a real challenge for the prize they crave most of all: the Premier League trophy.

"So for them to go back to their country and take a nation like Croatia to the World Cup final is something wonderful".

In bringing Lozano, a 22-year-old coming off a 19 goal and 11 assist season in the Netherlands, United would be both filling a current need, the lack of right-wing options, and looking to the future.

Inter Milan demanded around £48m for the attacker last summer.

It prompted a glowing assessment from Mourinho, who added: "It's a great achievement for a country where the league is a minor league and the majority of the players don't player in Croatia but overseas".

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