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Jose Mourinho identifies the man he wants to replace Michael Carrick at Man Utd

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All is not well in the world of Jose Mourinho and Manchester United.

The Red Devils slumped to their third consecutive Premier League draw against Southampton on Saturday evening, with the likes of Paul Pogba booed off the pitch by the Old Trafford faithful.

In truth, United didn't deserve to win, with the 0-0 draw a fair reflection of the game. Maya Yoshida's handball in the first half should have resulted in a penalty, but Mourinho's men simply failed to create chances.

Pogba's lapse in concentration which saw him tap in a goal bound shot while offside summed up the drab performance.

The Frenchman and Nemanja Matic in midfield had perhaps their worst game as a pairing, with fresh blood clearly needed in the department.

United evidently miss a Michael Carrick in the middle of the park, with the Englishman's ability to control a game key to much of their success in recent times.

And, it seems it's something Mourinho has picked up on, as he has finally identified a target to be Carrick's long-term successor.

The man in question? Inter Milan's Joao Mario, with The Sun claiming that United could put in a £40m bid for the Portuguese international.

Mario has been slightly hit and miss during his time in Italy, but has shown some promising signs as a deep-lying playmaker.

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A potential deal could also hinge on Henrikh Mkhitaryan, with Inter knowingly keen on offering the Armenian an escape route out of English football.

It is a deal that would certainly suit both parties, with Inter boss Luciano Spalletti admitting that Mario is not happy at the club.

With this is mind, the two European giants may seek to conduct business as early as January.

Maybe Inter can throw in Ivan Perisic as well, you know, for old time's sake?

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Inter Milan
Football
Michael Carrick
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Jose Mourinho
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