Make Antoine Griezmann a Devil in January, Sutton tells Mourinho

Jan 3, 2017
Football pundit Chris Sutton has told Jose Mourinho (right) to buy French striker Antoine Griezmann (bottom-left) as long term replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic (top-left).
Football pundit Chris Sutton has told Jose Mourinho (right) to buy French striker Antoine Griezmann (bottom-left) as long term replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic (top-left).

Football pundit Chris Sutton has told Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho that he must sign Antoine Griezmann in January transfer window

Sutton said the French superstar would be the perfect replacement for United’s 35-year-old forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The 25-year-old Atletico Madrid talisman, Griezmann has been in fine form this season, netting nine goals and chipping in with six assists in all competitions.

The attacker has been linked with a La Liga exit, with the Premier League a possible destination.

And Sutton has urged Mourinho to splash the cash and land Griezmann this transfer window.

“Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been sensational but United will need a long-term replacement for the 35-year-old,” Sutton told the Daily Mail.

Ibrahimovic meanwhile, said he had made his critics eat their words with his performances for Manchester United.

The former Sweden international has reached the turn of the year with 17 goals to his name so far in his first season playing in England, and said his displays proved that he had plenty left in the tank.

“I feel good,” he said in a number of national newspapers. “I don’t know how many years I have left, but I am enjoying the football.

“I came to the Premier League and everyone thought it would not be possible but, like always, I make them eat their balls.

“It gives me a lot of energy, trust me, because they get paid to talk s*** and I get paid to play with my feet. That’s how I enjoy it.

“Every year they (Premier League clubs) have been calling me and it was not feeling good, so I wanted to come when everyone thought I was over (the hill).”

Ibrahimvovic was denied what would have been his 18th United goal in the first half of Saturday’s 2-1 win over Middlesbrough when Lee Mason instead gave a foul for a high boot.

The decision left Ibrahimovic stunned, and denied him the chance to equal Lionel Messi’s record of 51 goals in 2016.