You can see why Jose Mourinho wanted Ivan Perisic

Jose Mourinho surprised Sterling picked ahead of Rashford at the World Cup

And another man who has excelled in Russian Federation is Ivan Perisic.

Although negative responses to England's World Cup run have been few and far between (within England itself, anyway), the effectiveness of a goalless Sterling remained a bone of contention.

United are, however, close to agreeing the sale of Daley Blind to Ajax, the club from which the versatile Holland global was signed four years ago. Joining the chorus of divided spectators on the side of the unimpressed, Raheem Sterling has come under criticism by the Manchester United manager.

Shaw has struggled to win over Mourinho at Old Trafford since the Portuguese coach's appointment at the club back in the summer of 2016.

His semi-final performance earned praise from Mourinho with the Manchester United boss hailing Perisic's qualities that set him apart from more traditional wingers.

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Perisic signed a new contract in September after failing to seal a move to Old Trafford.

"They created step by step a certain atmosphere between the players and the manager, and then when people started looking at the way they were fighting, they way they were giving everything, people started believing a bit more, started supporting them more, then when the Spain day arrived people understood they were ready to do everything to try to do it", Mourinho said. "But he is also physical, very physical, fantastic in the air".

"With his contribution against England when he scored one and had an assist, Perisic has now been involved in 10 goals at major tournaments for Croatia (six goals, four assists)".

"It's down to Jose now to unlock this Pogba we've seen at the World Cup".

"That tells you plenty about his pedigree".

Might Mourinho be tempted to launch another bid to sign Perisic?


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