Mourinho: Not in Croatia to scout

Jose Mourinho says that his trip to Zagreb to watch Croatia play Ukraine was purely to enjoy the weather and not to monitor Man United transfer targets.

The Manchester United manager attended the World Cup qualifying match, that ended in a 1-0 win for the hosts to see them retain their position at the top of Group I, not to monitor any potential targets for the Red Devils, he told HNTV after the match.

"I have no hidden cause," 54-year old said.

"I just came to enjoy my free days and visit some friends like Predrag Mijatovic and Davor Suker.

"I know everyone believes I came to watch some players, but in today's football you don't have to travel around in order to see some players, I know all of them well.

"I came as a person that wants to relax and enjoy the nice weather, unlike the rain in Manchester…"

Reports in the English media suggested that the trip was, in fact, taken to finalise a deal for Internazionale forward Ivan Perisic.

The 28-year old his been regularly linked with a move away from the San Siro, with Manchester United's Premier League rivals Liverpool and Chelsea also reportedly monitoring the player.

Perisic was not available for Saturday's match though as he was serving a one-match suspension for a red card received in Croatia's 2-0 victory over Iceland.