Why does English football not trust Zonal Marking?

After many years of threatening to clamp down on excessive grappling from set-pieces, this season has seen Premier League referees penalise holding and shirt-pulling...
Ritesh Gogineni
Editor/Founder of The False 9.

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3 wingers better than Ivan Perisic Mourinho can buy this summer for Man United

Manchester United and Inter Milan have not been able to come to an agreement with regards to the sale of Ivan Perisic. Jose Mourinho’s frustration is clear from his press conferences during United’s pre-season tour where he talks about the inflated transfer market. Even though Perisic is a good winger, there are better and certainly more exciting options in the market at the moment.

Riyad Mahrez

Although Mahrez had a disappointing season last time out, his scintillating form during Leicester’s title winning year proves that the Algerian has the ability to succeed in the Premier League. Playing with better quality teammates will certainly help a creative player like Mahrez and his transfer cost will be considerably lower than that of Perisic.

Alexis Sanchez

It is highly unlikely that Arsene Wenger will make the same mistake of selling his best player to Manchester United ever again. But as was with the case with Robin Van Persie, buying Sanchez will certainly make United the favorites to win the league. And that would apply to Chelsea and Manchester City as well. So if Sanchez were to leave this summer, United must make sure that they are in the race.

Ousmane Dembele

Another outstanding talent, Dembele is still not quite the finished product. But the talent is there for everyone to see. He can play across the front three and can play through the center too. It is unlikely that Mourinho will opt for Dembele as United already have two young attacking players in Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

We will have to wait and see, who actually arrives at Old Trafford. Ivan Perisic is not a glamorous star signing but Jose Mourinho knows what he is doing. The Croatian will certainly not light up Old Trafford with his skill like all the three players in this list can do but can be expected to play a solid and disciplined role in the team.

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