Carlos Mane is sure to have impressed any scouts watching him last night, as he scored an absolute humdinger for Portugal U21 against the Netherlands U21 side.
The youngster, who has been registered as a target of interest by both Manchester United and Chelsea over the past 12 months embarked on a stunning solo, jinxing his way past three defenders before coolly slotting home at the far corner.
Often compared to Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani, Mane certainly showed the attacking prowess he has, and his excellent close ball control. The Sporting Lisbon starlet’s classy showing will have done very little to ward off the admirers who persist in sniffing around after him, and if anything his club will be even more wary of potential bids in January.
Mane for United?
A move to United wouldn’t be too surprising given the fact that the Red Devils were heavily linked with him last season, though where Louis van Gaal stands on the matter remains to be seen. The Dutchman has so far preferred to bring in players who have proven quality rather than those who have the potential to grow, which has most likely been enforced by his side’s dire form during the last campaign.
Over £150million has been spent on the likes of Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria and Daley Blind, but United chief executive Ed Woodward has already confirmed that there will be more funds ready at Van Gaal’s disposal if he wants them.
There’s also been significant interest coming from Chelsea, who already have a surplus of young talent on their books. A host of rising stars are currently contracted to the Blues but plying their trades on loan elsewhere in Europe, and a scenario wherein Jose Mourinho acquires Mane only to send him back to Sporting isn’t too far-fetched to imagine.
The most likely outcome is that it will come down to his decision whether he stays or goes. Committing his future to Sporting would see him afforded more game time than he could hope to get at either United or Chelsea, though Ronaldo’s move to Old Trafford, which ended up proving extremely fruitful, could be used as a positive precedent.
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