Jose Mourinho spoke effusively of the strength and pace of Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic following Croatia’s 2-1 win over England in the World Cup semi-final.
The 29-year-old grew into the game, hassling Kieran Tripper on the left hand side, and smartly turned home an equaliser with 21 minutes left.
He was one of Mourinho’s top targets of last summer’s transfer window but opted to sign a new contract at the San Siro instead after negations with Manchester United arrived at a deadlock.
Speaking on RT after the game, Mourinho once again spoke highly of Perisic’s qualities.
Mourinho to RT on Perisic: ‘Perisic is the kind of winger that is different to the others. Normally you look at wingers and they are just fast and creative. But he is also physical, very physical, fantastic in the air.' #mufc
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Man United would be foolish to go back for Perisic this summer given how difficult talks proved to be with Inter last year – back when he wasn’t buttressed by a new shiny contract and actively wanted to move to Old Trafford. If the move didn’t happen then, it certainly won’t now.
Mourinho, as things stand, will have to count on the teenager Diogo Dalot to offer some vitality from the flanks next season.