Togo manager Claude Le Roy has lined Liverpool starlet Sadio Mane up as a Manchester United player of the future, according to Star Africa.
The outlet quoted Le Roy, as per Football365, as saying Mane would “have his place” in any Old Trafford Side.
At present, Mane is ruled out from action for United rivals Liverpool, after injuring his hand while representing Senegal, but otherwise is a vital cog in Jurgen Klopp’s system and remains the Reds’ joint top Premier League scorer so far.
The 26-year-old’s role in the German’s side has seen him play across the front three and even in a slightly deeper wide left position, showing how adaptable the forward is and one of the reasons Le Roy is such a fan.
“He’s a great player and he’d have his place at Manchester United, at Barcelona, or at Real Madrid,” noted the coach.
“It would be a really good thing if I could have him with the [Togo national team],
“Sadio is an excellent player and I tell you that all of Africa watches him play in the Premier League at the weekend as well as the Champions League.”
You can never say a transfer is off the table with 100% certainty, but this one is as good as 99%.
Bar a ludicrous bid from Old Trafford, the winger is staying put in Merseyside with a contract not set to expire until 2021.
For that agreement not to be honoured, Ed Woodward would need to write out a very large cheque as well as force a change of heart within the Senegal winger.
Prior to his exit from Southampton, United showed interested in the winger but Mane opted for Liverpool instead thanks partly to the man in charge.
“There was interest from a lot of clubs,” quoted the Liverpool Echo.
“Not just Manchester United, but as soon as I knew Liverpool were interested I just felt it was the right club with the right coach. It was right for me to come here.”