Jose Mourinho travels to Austria to watch Manchester United target Marko Arnautovic as West Ham forward helps his country beat Russia
- Austria beat World Cup hosts Russia 1-0 in a friendly on Wednesday evening
- Marko Arnautovic crossed for Alessandro Schopf to score the winning goal
- Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was there watch the forward
- United are eyeing a move for the 29-year-old Austrian international
And the Portuguese manager, attempting to keep a low profile wearing a baseball cap, was watching closely as the 29-year-old helped his country beat this summer’s World Cup hosts 1-0 at the Tivoli Stadium.
West Ham forward Mark Arnautovic played a key role as Austria beat Russia on Wednesday
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was in attendance to watch Arnautovic
Arnautovic played a key role in the hard-fought victory, teeing up Alessandro Schopf to score what proved to be the winner shortly before half-time.
The Hammers forward was played through on the right before cutting inside and picking out Schopf to apply the finish just inside the box.
United see Arnautovic as an impact player or an option from the left if Frenchman Anthony Martial pushes for the exit door in the transfer window. However, they are yet to make an enquiry for his services and West Ham do not wish to sell.
The Red Devils are eyeing a move for the 29-year-old forward (right) this summer
Mourinho watched closely as the Austrian international helped his side to victory
United’s interest in Arnautovic may come as a surprise but Mourinho knows the 29-year-old from his time at the San Siro with Inter Milan.
Arnautovic, who joined the Hammers last summer from Stoke, was the club’s stand-out performer in the Premier League this season.
The Austrian scored 11 goals and created six assists for his West Ham team-mates as they finished 13th in the top flight.
Austria’s Alessandro Schopf shoots to give his side the lead during the first half of the clash
Igor Akinfeev (right) looks on as Schopf (left) and Peter Zulj celebrate the opening goal
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.