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Mauro Icardi set to be watched by Jose Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho looks set to watch Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi on Saturday. 

This has been reported by The Sun, who claim that the Portuguese tactician could be set for his first scouting mission ahead of replacing Louis van Gaal at Manchester United. 

With Van Gaal's long-term future in Manchester in doubt, the self-proclaimed 'Special One' has been heavily linked with the top job at the club recently. 

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Van Gaal has endured a tricky season at Old Trafford - the Red Devils were dumped out of the Champions League in the group stages while they currently sit six points behind fourth placed Manchester City - so it's not entirely surprising that he's expected to depart the club in the near future. 

It appears, then, that Mourinho could be the man to replace the Dutchman. After winning the Premier League title with Chelsea last season, the revered coach failed to motivate his former side during the early stages of this campaign. 

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Despite previous success, his dismissal in west London certainly didn't come as a shock, but there could yet be another twist in his managerial career. 

United in need 

United are clearly in need of improvement, so the addition of Mourinho should only boost them in pursuit of returning to the summit of the table. 

The prospect of Inter captain Icardi joining Mourinho at the Theatre of Dreams should also excite the club's faithful. The same report from The Sun claims that United have pinpointed Icardi as the man to improve their struggling attack. 

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Icardi, who is only 22-years-old, has 10 goals in 22 Serie A appearances for Inter this term and may well be handed the opportunity to impress Mourinho against Sampdoria this weekend. 

After United offloaded the likes of Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Radamel Falcao last summer, it came as a surprise that the club only added Anthony Martial to their attacking ranks. The Red Devils have struggled to produce the goods up top throughout the course of the campaign and are clearly in need of reinforcements. 

Striker struggles 

Martial, of course, has been one of the club's standout performers - he has scored seven goals in 21 league games - but he hasn't had a great deal of help. 

Captain Wayne Rooney endured a torrid opening half to the season and has now picked up a lengthy injury while James Wilson was sent out on loan to Championship outfit Brighton. 

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If Mourinho arrives in Manchester this summer, then he will be well aware that he will have to make a whole host of changes. The United faithful have watched a number of players come and go over the last couple of years, but the club still have it all to do in pursuit of redemption. 

Perhaps Mourinho is the man to finally get them back to the very top. 

Manchester United fans: do you want Mourinho and Icardi at your club? Have your say below! 

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