MANCHESTER UNITED have been handed a boost after Mario Mandzukic slashed his £300,000-a-week wage demands in half.

The Juventus star is wanted by the Red Devils in a £10million January deal, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperate for a striker.

The 33-year-old was on the brink of an Old Trafford switch in the summer, but it collapsed over his salary.

But Mandzukic wants to move to United, and will now take around £150,000-a-week to make that happen.