Having opted against a move for Pedro the Red Devils have switched their attention to Saints forward Mane, but the club are keen to hold onto the Senegalese forward.
It was revealed yesterday that United had made a surprise bid for the 23-year-old, however a Southampton official has moved to quash any talk of a move away from the south coast.
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As per Sky Sports, the official said: "He is a key part of our team and our planning for the future. He wouldn't be sold,"
Mane joined Southampton from Red Bull Salzburg for £11.8 million last summer, and has scored 11 goals in 35 games, including a Premier League record fastest hat-trick against Aston Villa.
NO FOR PEDRO
United, and particularly Louis van Gaal, opted against paying the £22 million release clause for Pedro, with the Barcelona winger set for a move to Chelsea.
The Red Devils' hierarchy have now focused their attentions on a move for Mane, and Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller, but the club look set for more disappointment in the transfer window.
SOUTHAMPTON AND UNITED HAVE HISTORY
A deal for Mane is not impossible, but it appears Southampton would only be willing to sell for an astronomical fee.
The Old Trafford club have history of big money moves with Southampton having signed Luke Shaw and Morgan Schneiderlin in recent times.
Mane has the potential to be a useful signing at Old Trafford should United choose to fork out a big fee, but anything over £20m would beg the question, why did they not pay the £22m for Pedro?