Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Morata Now Jose's No.1 Target for Striker Role

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Morata Now Jose's No.1 Target for Striker Role

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JOSE Mourinho has confirmed his interest in Alvaro Morata - telling sources close to him of his admiration for the striker.

The Real Madrid frontman has emerged as a leading target in United's pursuit of a new No.9. Mourinho is convinced he can provide the cutting edge his side lacked last season - and replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the point of his attack.

The United manager - who handed Morata his debut at Real in 2010 - also believes the 24-year-old has the physical attributes to cope with the Premier League.

He brackets him in the same category as Didier Drogba, Diego Costa and Ibrahimovic as a target man, who is effective with his head and his feet.

Mourinho has made powerful centre forwards key to his success throughout his career - and proved particularly adept at identifying strikers suited to the Premier League. …

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