Louis van Gaal responds to Saido Mane transfer speculation

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Louis van Gaal has responded to speculation regarding Manchester United's potential transfer swoop for Saido Mane.

The Southampton forward has been the subject of one bid already having emerged as a target after they missed out on a swoop for Barcelona's Pedro who has now joined Chelsea.

Speaking at a press conference before Manchester United's showdown against Newcastle, Van Gaal was quizzed about the potential move.


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The Dutch boss refused to be drawn on the speculation, however he wouldn't rule out a move altogether - insisting that the transfer decisions are down to Ed Woodward.

"I cannot answer that question neither because I cannot interfere," he said. "I don't want to interfere. It's for Ed Woodward doing the things and he does it very well, I think."

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Since news of Manchester United's interest in Mane broke the club's fans have taken to social media sites to register their dismay. 

The lightning Senegalese international managed 10 goals in his maiden campaign with Southampton and can play across the line as well as up front which is said to have attracted Van Gaal, who reportedly opted against signing Pedro because of fears over his speed.

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Van Gaal also insisted it was Manchester United who walked away from a deal with the Barcelona winger and not the other way around. He said: "I think when we want Pedro it was not any problem because there was a clause in his contract. It was the easiest transfer. I have said before what we are doing is guiding a process and in that process we make decisions.

‘"You want to separate Ed Woodward and me. Never. Every day I am updated by him and I trust him. I don’t think that people have to doubt Ed Woodward because he has proven for many years that he is the right person on the right spot."

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