Mourinho attended Sweden playoff to scout Emil Forsberg

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was present to witness Sweden defeat Italy in the first leg of the 2018 World Cup playoff, but the Daily Mail have revealed that the Portuguese was keeping a close eye on attacking midfielder Emil Forsberg.

The RB Leipzig attacker put in an eye-catching performance in the first leg and picked up the Man of the Match award as he helped his side to a narrow 1-0 victory.

His movement on and off the ball has attracted Mourinho, who is looking for a player to operate just behind forward Romelu Lukaku to provide him with the service he needs.

Forsberg could be that man. The 26-year-old created an incredible 94 chances in the German Bundesliga last season as Leipzig finished second in the table.

Emil Forsberg has been one of RB Leipzig's most influential players over the past 2 seasons. (picture: independent.co.uk)
Emil Forsberg has been one of RB Leipzig’s most influential players over the past 2 seasons. (picture: independent.co.uk)

His forward passing is also highly accurate, with the Swede clocking up a 79% pass accuracy showing that he rarely misplaces a pass.

The form of Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan has visibly dropped, which has had a detrimental effect on Lukaku’s scoring chances with the Belgian hardly getting any goalscoring opportunities in the past couple of weeks.

Forsberg can also operate on the wing and has been capped 32 times for his country. Mourinho is now contemplating a move for him in January but if Leipzig don’t agree to this then he will wait till the summer to make his move.

Leipzig have already agreed to offload Naby Keita to Liverpool and could lose more players by the end of the season, including Forsberg.

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Abdullah Mulla

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