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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly passed on the chance to sign Mario Mandzukic and Fernando Llorente after Romelu Lukaku’s move to Inter Milan.

Lukaku left the Red Devils for the San Siro on transfer deadline day back in the summer, moving in a massive £73million transfer.

Manchester United are yet to replace the Belgium international with Marcus Rashford struggling in the No 9 role this season.

And the Manchester Evening News say United passed on signing Mandzukic and Llorente after Lukaku’s exit.

Regarding Mandzukic, and the common consensus was previously that the Red Devils ran out of time to complete a deal.

But it now appears that Solskjaer was actually the reason for the deal failing.

It is understood, however, that United are now on the cusp of signing the Juventus star when the transfer window reopens in January.

The Red Devils have an agreement with the 33-year-old’s entourage that he’ll make the move to Old Trafford in just over two months’ time.

Meanwhile, Llorente was available for free.

The Spain international left Tottenham on a free transfer just weeks after the club’s 2-0 Champions League final defeat to Liverpool.

United emerged as a likely destination for the 2010 World Cup winner shortly afterwards given their need to replace Lukaku.

But Llorente ended up moving to Napoli instead, where he has scored two goals from five Serie A outings so far.

Meanwhile, Solskjaer has admitted United will be looking to strengthen their strikeforce when the transfer window reopens this winter.

“We let Alexis and Romelu go, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that it’s forward that next time we’re going to recruit,” Solskjaer said.

“We’re looking for some creativity and goals.

“There’s no point getting players in that you’re not 100 per cent sure about.

“When you get players in, you need the right ones that are going to stay here for a longer period and that’s the long-term thinking we have to show.

“I cannot think, ‘I need a player because this is my reputation’. No, it’s the club.

“There were strikers [available in the off-season], but they weren’t the ones we wanted. We couldn’t get the one we wanted.”

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